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Universal has decided to give Timecop the reboot treatment

May. 22, 2013by: Niki Stephens

Unless they plan to put someone as equally sexy as Jean-Claude Van Damme in white boxers, my mother will not be pleased with a TIMECOP reboot.

Universal is dragging the 1994 sci-fi flick out of their library and planning a "reboot and re-imagining". The film set, "in the near future where time travel is regulated by a police force. One officer (Van Damme) runs afoul a crooked politician (played by Ron Silver) using time travel to further his political career." Sorry all but Van Damme will not be involved.

The story was originally published by Dark Horse Comics, and the script for the film was co-written by Dark Horse publisher Mike Richardson. Nearly three years after the release, a short lived series hit ABC in 1997. There was also a direct-to-DVD sequel, TIMECOP 2: THE BERLIN DECISION starring Jason Scott Lee (DRAGON: THE BRUCE LEE STORY) in 2003.

Do you mind a reboot/re-imagining of TIMECOP?

Extra Tidbit: I smell a possible "Cast This" column on the way...
Source: THR

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7:49AM on 05/24/2013
It's not like TimeCop is this flawless classic, but it was one of my favorite movies of that year and Van Damme was one of the biggest selling points. If they want to recast his part with Channing Tatum or an actor who knows shit about Martial Arts it will lose some of its appeal. Much like it would while remaking any JCVD movie. The again this one has the most interesting ideas behind it that you can keep an audience interested with a different actor and little to no martial arts. I'm already
It's not like TimeCop is this flawless classic, but it was one of my favorite movies of that year and Van Damme was one of the biggest selling points. If they want to recast his part with Channing Tatum or an actor who knows shit about Martial Arts it will lose some of its appeal. Much like it would while remaking any JCVD movie. The again this one has the most interesting ideas behind it that you can keep an audience interested with a different actor and little to no martial arts. I'm already thinking about Looper which was basically TimeCop but from the perspective of the criminals. So I guess it could work
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6:37PM on 05/23/2013
There is no evidence that Van Damme won't be involved. I'm still hoping he will.
There is no evidence that Van Damme won't be involved. I'm still hoping he will.
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5:51PM on 05/23/2013
i am constantly going through netflix and seeing movies iv never heard of and think to myself... they should remake that. But instead they continue to remake classic films. I dont get it.
i am constantly going through netflix and seeing movies iv never heard of and think to myself... they should remake that. But instead they continue to remake classic films. I dont get it.
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11:09AM on 05/23/2013

No Jean CLuade, me no buy ticket

They must have some extra money to throw away. What really what made the original so bad ass at the time was Van Damme and his beautiful hair. Like a yoked foreign karate choppin Jesus. Waste the money on Van Damme doing a fresh movie to get him back on the big screen. I loved seeing him in the Expendables. FU Universal. FU very much.
They must have some extra money to throw away. What really what made the original so bad ass at the time was Van Damme and his beautiful hair. Like a yoked foreign karate choppin Jesus. Waste the money on Van Damme doing a fresh movie to get him back on the big screen. I loved seeing him in the Expendables. FU Universal. FU very much.
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4:47AM on 05/23/2013

Time Cop was a good movie

That being said, a reboot seems a bit pointless. Was the movie that different from the source material (the comic book series)? *googling* Oh dear. There was no actual comic book series: there was one story that ran for three issues in an anthology series. Hmm. It's been ten years since the direct to video movie Timecop 2: The Berlin Decision came out. Universal may be simply making this movie for no other reason than to renew their Time Cop trademark: if they don't put out a Time Cop
That being said, a reboot seems a bit pointless. Was the movie that different from the source material (the comic book series)? *googling* Oh dear. There was no actual comic book series: there was one story that ran for three issues in an anthology series. Hmm. It's been ten years since the direct to video movie Timecop 2: The Berlin Decision came out. Universal may be simply making this movie for no other reason than to renew their Time Cop trademark: if they don't put out a Time Cop movie now then anybody would be able to make a movie called Time Cop. (Trademarks, unlike copyrights, are not valid forever as that would prevent people from coming up with an original idea using the same basic concept.)
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8:50AM on 05/23/2013
I was thinking exactly the same thing !
STOP READING MY MIND, sir!!!
Hehehe
I was thinking exactly the same thing !
STOP READING MY MIND, sir!!!
Hehehe
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1:34AM on 05/23/2013
Pieces of this script are probably landing at Channing Tatum's feet as I type this...

"I like you Tatum, turn it down."
Pieces of this script are probably landing at Channing Tatum's feet as I type this...

"I like you Tatum, turn it down."
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12:22AM on 05/23/2013
Before I clicked on this I thought, "Bet the picture with this article will be the kitchen counter/briefs split". Well played, Ms. Stephens. Well played.
Before I clicked on this I thought, "Bet the picture with this article will be the kitchen counter/briefs split". Well played, Ms. Stephens. Well played.
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12:14AM on 05/23/2013
I can't wait for a reboot so we can see again how they police crimes in the distant future of 2004.
I can't wait for a reboot so we can see again how they police crimes in the distant future of 2004.
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12:09AM on 05/23/2013
I don't get it. The concept of an agency that polices time travel isn't original. The movie itself doesn't really have much of a fan base. So, why not just make an original movie out of the concept?
I don't get it. The concept of an agency that polices time travel isn't original. The movie itself doesn't really have much of a fan base. So, why not just make an original movie out of the concept?
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8:52AM on 05/23/2013
Because UNIVERSAL paid for the comics' rights and don't want to loose the franchise...
Simple as that...
Because UNIVERSAL paid for the comics' rights and don't want to loose the franchise...
Simple as that...
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11:51PM on 05/22/2013

Vishal

"Unless they plan to put someone as equally sexy as Jean-Claude Van Damme in white boxers, my mother will not be pleased with a TIMECOP reboot."... Good one!

I'm only interested in this if they keep the 'R' content or add more of it.
"Unless they plan to put someone as equally sexy as Jean-Claude Van Damme in white boxers, my mother will not be pleased with a TIMECOP reboot."... Good one!

I'm only interested in this if they keep the 'R' content or add more of it.
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11:00PM on 05/22/2013

IDRIS ELBA!

*facepalm*
*facepalm*
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10:56PM on 05/22/2013
This is one remake that I'm glad for. Van Damme could be the villain this time and the hero role should be Guy Pearce.
This is one remake that I'm glad for. Van Damme could be the villain this time and the hero role should be Guy Pearce.
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10:41PM on 05/22/2013
duplicate comment/ignore
duplicate comment/ignore
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10:39PM on 05/22/2013
I really liked the original at the time and wouldn't mind sitting through it again today. It's a good movie.

There are so many ideas for a movie about time travel. How about this: the world of time travel is highly controlled, and there are no major crimes related to time travel. The government responds by making cuts to the Time Enforcement Commission's budget. But as a result, a double agent from the future arrives to destroy the Commission in its weaker form. The first movie established
I really liked the original at the time and wouldn't mind sitting through it again today. It's a good movie.

There are so many ideas for a movie about time travel. How about this: the world of time travel is highly controlled, and there are no major crimes related to time travel. The government responds by making cuts to the Time Enforcement Commission's budget. But as a result, a double agent from the future arrives to destroy the Commission in its weaker form. The first movie established one cannot travel into the future because the future hasn't happened yet. But who says what we're watching is the present? I like twists.
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10:23PM on 05/22/2013

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Oh man. Day one for me. Timecop is my favorite movie ever and Van damme is my favorite actor ever.
Oh man. Day one for me. Timecop is my favorite movie ever and Van damme is my favorite actor ever.
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11:49PM on 05/22/2013
It took me a while to get this but.... ROFL! :D
It took me a while to get this but.... ROFL! :D
3:04AM on 05/23/2013
Hahahaha at least someone got it
Hahahaha at least someone got it
8:50AM on 05/23/2013
hahaha I know right. How dare that guy like stuff!
hahaha I know right. How dare that guy like stuff!
9:51PM on 05/22/2013

:D

Might have been better to reboot Double Team. :D
Might have been better to reboot Double Team. :D
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9:34PM on 05/22/2013
I say go right ahead. I think Timecop is just about Jean-Claude Van Damme's best work. It had an interesting concept, good action sequences, and it was stylish enough. It's just very irredeemably 90s, and I think it's much riper reboot material than say something like Total Recall. That line about high kicks being for Broadway was also really funny. And anyone who complains about Alice Eve in her Underwear in Star Trek Into Darkness probably hasn't seen the completely gratuitous (but hilarious)
I say go right ahead. I think Timecop is just about Jean-Claude Van Damme's best work. It had an interesting concept, good action sequences, and it was stylish enough. It's just very irredeemably 90s, and I think it's much riper reboot material than say something like Total Recall. That line about high kicks being for Broadway was also really funny. And anyone who complains about Alice Eve in her Underwear in Star Trek Into Darkness probably hasn't seen the completely gratuitous (but hilarious) nude "virtual reality" scene in this one.
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9:49PM on 05/22/2013
If you like JCVD, you should check out the movie JCVD. It's pretty neat.
If you like JCVD, you should check out the movie JCVD. It's pretty neat.
10:27PM on 05/22/2013
You should also check out the movie Until Death
You should also check out the movie Until Death
10:37PM on 05/22/2013
Thanks for the suggestions, I shall have to seek them out.
Thanks for the suggestions, I shall have to seek them out.
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9:24PM on 05/22/2013

I'm totally down with this.

The original story from the comic anthology wasn't great literature by any means, but it was a fun ride based around a pretty cool idea. I liked the movie a lot as a kid, and its passable entertainment, but the material is capable of supporting a much better film. If they get a generic by the numbers action director this will be terrible, however in the right hands (say Duncan Jones, Drew Goddard, Alfonso Cuaron, or half a dozen other young talented directors) this could end up pretty awesome.
The original story from the comic anthology wasn't great literature by any means, but it was a fun ride based around a pretty cool idea. I liked the movie a lot as a kid, and its passable entertainment, but the material is capable of supporting a much better film. If they get a generic by the numbers action director this will be terrible, however in the right hands (say Duncan Jones, Drew Goddard, Alfonso Cuaron, or half a dozen other young talented directors) this could end up pretty awesome.
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9:15PM on 05/22/2013
Call me crazy but as much as I love Kickboxer I think that would be an amazing film to reboot
Call me crazy but as much as I love Kickboxer I think that would be an amazing film to reboot
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8:38PM on 05/22/2013
The concept definitely supports a reboot, in that it's not a property reliant on a particular character - I'd be interested to see what they do with it.
The concept definitely supports a reboot, in that it's not a property reliant on a particular character - I'd be interested to see what they do with it.
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8:31PM on 05/22/2013

Hmmm

To me this is a classic sci fi action film that does stand the test of time pretty well. I dont feel like there is a real need to reimagine this film. I wonder if they will go with a martial artist as the lead? probably not...
To me this is a classic sci fi action film that does stand the test of time pretty well. I dont feel like there is a real need to reimagine this film. I wonder if they will go with a martial artist as the lead? probably not...
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8:28PM on 05/22/2013

BISUHN

Are you mananuf to fight meee??!
Are you mananuf to fight meee??!
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10:00PM on 05/22/2013
Soloist. Stop downvoting this. Its an awesome comment.
Soloist. Stop downvoting this. Its an awesome comment.
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