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Universal Plans To Remake Jean-Claude Van Damme Hit 'Timecop'

by Ken Guidry
May 23, 2013 10:16 AM
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Hollywood sequels, remakes, and reboots have become so commonplace these days that it should no longer register any surprise when you hear news that a studio is developing yet another one. Still, there are those cases where Hollywood announces a remake and it’s a little perplexing. Was anyone really asking for a “Total Recall” remake, for example? The answer, as it turned out last year, was no. That doesn’t faze the studio heads, especially not Universal who are planning on doing a reboot of their own.

The project is “Timecop,” a remake of the 1994 Jean-Claude Van Damme sci-fi action film which was simultaneously released as a comic that same year. The film wound up becoming a box office success and helped to launch a sequel (direct-to-video) and a spin-off TV series (cancelled after nine episodes). In the film -- set in the far future of 2004 -- Van Damme plays Max Walker, who works for the Time Enforcement Commission, a government police force that’s been created to ensure that the newly perfected time travel technology isn’t abused. Walker soon crosses paths with a corrupt politician (played by the late Ron Silver) who has been using time travel to advance his political career.

Universal is planning on doing a complete re-imagining of the concept, so we’ll have to wait and see what kind of spin they will put on the story. The studio is undoubtedly hoping to turn the film into a franchise. Currently, their only active live-action franchises are “Fast and Furious”, the “Bourne” series, and “Jurassic Park.” But 'Bourne 5' and “Jurassic Park IV” are a long way from getting off the ground (production on the latter was recently halted). So, you can imagine Universal is getting pretty desperate at this point, but is a “Timecop” reboot really the answer? You tell us. [THR]

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  • Donella | May 24, 2013 5:29 PMReply

    Hopefully not starring Colin Farrell.

  • Hmmm... | May 23, 2013 10:30 AMReply

    There's a big difference between "Total Recall" and "Time Cop." "Recall" is a beloved genre flick and rightfully so. "Time Cop" is a poorly aged, barely regarded '90s oddity people look back at for a little slice of vintage JCVD. "Recall" didn't need a remake. However "Time Cop" is ripe for a remake and falls right in line with Soderbergh's remake plan you all slobbered on. Especially since the premise is solid enough to be explored for more stories a la "Judge Dredd" to "Dredd." Perhaps if the Playlist thought above the intelligence level of someone who writes on the IMDB message boards, we'd all be a little happier.

  • Ken Guidry | May 23, 2013 1:35 PM

    I don't lean one way or the other on this issue, but you make a good point on "Dredd." Still, the "Dredd" producers are having a tough time making a sequel to that one, thanks to low box office numbers. So, I'm simply wondering aloud if they will be able to make "Timecop" a successful box office franchise. Your answer is yes and you make good points, why can't we keep things civil?

  • Rob | May 23, 2013 10:22 AMReply

    "Wait a minute! I don't want one copy of Timecop!"

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