Whenever the topic of “Best Jean Claude Van Damme Movie” is on the table, someone always brings up Timecop. Deservedly so. The 1994 film, directed by Peter Hyams, told the story of a time travelling police force and one officer (JCVD himself) who tries to bring down a politician abusing the time-hopping technology. It’s a solid flick, based on a Dark Horse Comics publication, and led to a TV show and a direct-to-DVD sequel.
So what’s the next step for a generally well-regarded sci-fi action film with a fairly unique plot that’s already proved successful over multiple mediums? Reboot it, of course. That’s exactly what Universal Pictures is doing with Timecop. Read More »
What if the popular time travelers of cinema and television history existed on the same timeline? David McCandless created this crazy visualization as part of his upcoming book The Visual Miscellaneum ($18 preorder on Amazon). The chart tracks all the action between 800 AD and 4000 AD, and the tracking is color-coded by method of time travel: Alien Technology, Force of Nature, Time Machine, Deep Freeze, or Unknown. McCandless also imagines what possible paradoxes might occur when multiple time travelers converge on the same date. Check out the full chart after the jump.
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“They killed his wife ten years ago. There’s still time to save her. Murder is forever…until now.”
Our buddies at IESB are reporting that Dark Horse Entertainment and Universal are looking to go into production on a remake of Timecop. Aside from the 90′s cheese and Jean-Claude Van Damme, the movie is a guilty pleasure of a lot of film fanatics.
The film broke $100 million worldwide (Van-Damme’s highest grossing film of all time) and spun off into a short lived television series (nine episodes on ABC in 1997). In 2003, a direct-to-dvd sequel titled Timecop 2: The Berlin Decision starring Jason Scott Lee and Thomas Ian Griffith was released.
In the original film, Van Damme played a Time Enforcement Agent, part of a specialized police organization. Conflicted because he knows it is possible to prevent his wife’s death, however his job as a Time Enforcement Agent prevents him from acting on such a prevention.
The concept is better than the sum of its parts, and with a good screenwriter, it could be a summer tentpole film. Hopefully they won’t go all B-movie on us. The good news is that Van-Damme is not being brought back for the reboot, and that IESB claims that the actor currently circling the role is “100% bad ass and one of the coolest action stars of today.”