Universal Plans 'Timecop' Reboot (Exclusive)
Universal is throwing into development a remake of Timecop, the 1994 Jean-Claude Van Damme time travel action movie.
Marc Shmuger will produce the film via his Universal-based Global Produce banner alongside Tom McNulty.
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Timecop, a Universal library title, was set in the near future where time travel is regulated by a police force. One officer (Van Damme) runs into a crooked politician (played by Ron Silver), who uses time travel to further his political career.
It was based on a story published by Dark Horse Comics (the movie’s script was co-written by Dark Horse publisher Mike Richardson) and was one of Van Damme’s most successful films, both financially and critically.
Timecop also proved to be a mini-franchise for the studio, spawning a short-lived 1997 TV series on ABC and a direct-to-DVD sequel with an all-new cast.
The studio is approaching the new Timecop as a reboot and a re-imagining of the concept and is out to writers. Van Damme is not involved.
Global Produce is behind We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks, the documentary which Universal specialty arm Focus Features opens May 24.
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