‘Timecop’ Reboot at Universal Gets Two Writers

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Loads of popular Universal titles are getting the reboot or remake treatment these days, including Jurassic Park in 2015, The Mummy the year after, and the recently announced Battlestar Galactica film, so it makes perfect sense that the studio would pursue a new version of one of their biggest science fiction films, Timecop.

Inspired by a story in the anthology Dark Horse Comics, the original 1994 film starred Jean-Claude Van Damme as a police officer in the future of 2004, fighting time travel crime and, as a result, discovering an interconnected web of political corruption. Timecop opened #1 at the box office, then managed to spin off into a video game for SNES, a short-lived TV show on ABC, a series of novels, and a direct-to-video sequel in 2003 before disappearing from public consciousness.

Universal brought the title back into awareness about a year ago when they tried to get the ball rolling on a reboot following the success of the film Looper. Now they’re at it again by finally hiring two writers.

THR reports Mark and Brian Gunn (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island) will pen the script for Timecop, with Marc Shmuger and Mike Richardson of Dark Horse Comics – who also wrote the original film – onboard to produce.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt in ‘Looper’

Indeed, director Rian Johnson’s Looper does seem to be what Universal is hoping to emulate since the new writers are said to be focusing on relegating the original film’s science fiction elements to the background in favor of a grittier personal story. Basically, think less Van Damme action and more character study. And in the opinion of this writer, if this reboot is anything like Looper, it may end up being a fun, mind-bending thrill ride indeed.

The Gunn cousins first got their start writing the MTV TV-movie 2gether (and its subsequent series) as well as cheerleading sequel Bring It on Again, but they’ve quickly risen to higher caliber projects in the last two years. (Fun fact: Brian Gunn is Guardians of the Galaxy writer-director James Gunn’s brother.)

On their plate is Journey 3: From the Earth to the Moon, a MacGyver film (which they supposedly rewrote in 2012), and a remake of The Monster Squad for Paramount (which they’ve been attached to since 2010). They appear to have quite a knack for adapting and rebooting other people’s work, so snagging them for Timecop could be a good choice, assuming it actually makes it to the big screen.

Now that a Timecop movie is being written, are you excited to see a new take with a tone similar to Looper? Do you think Mark and Brian Gunn are the right men for the job?


Stay tuned to Screen Rant for more information on the Timecop reboot as it becomes available.

Source: THR

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  1. Somebody is not gonna like this

  2. Why reboot? just bring JCVD back!

  3. Brings me back to my childhood…

    I’m glad they are doing this cause the premise was really cool but I tried watching the movie a couple years ago now as an adult and there were a few major plot holes

    • Plot holes or not, it’s still fun. Nobody minded plot holes in The Avengers or The Terminator either.

      Saying that, how can two writers exist in the same timeline? Are they kept at a safe distance?

      Just like Robocop though, there’s no need to remake Timecop at all.

      • I actually REALLY mind plot holes of Terminator.

        It really bothers me that John Connors exists in the future before he is even born in the past…

      • Or The Dark Knight Rises.

  4. Timecop is awesome!
    This reboot could be good, but on the other hand….

  5. A reboot of Time cop?….. not needed. Now reboot RAWHEAD REX and we can start talkin’ !!!

    • I would be all for that, especially if they went with the Rawhead Rex design that Hector Gomez illustrated in the Epic Comics adaptation back in 1993.

  6. Now that’s another remake I’ll won’t watch along the failures of Conan, Total Recall, Robocop, Red Heat and the upcoming Point Break remake.

  7. This could be good. The original movie was pretty dumb but that’s all the more reason for rebooting since the concept was alright. I just hope they take out the bit about not being able to touch your other self (“same matter can’t occupy the same space”) that was so silly and unfounded!

  8. Running low on 80s movies to reboot now eh, Double Impact next maybe…. Haha

    • I was just getting ready to post that link. :)

  9. I like this premise and with a darker tone. Just look at Judge Dredd. R-rated pls!

  10. CRITTERS, The Sword and the Sorcerer, Krull, Flight of the Navigator…. all of these have been on the re-make list at one point or another. The list is getting smaller, so i guess thats a good thing.

    They should re-make that old TV show called Auto-Man. I remember being so dam cool when I was a kid. look it up.

    • ” I remember *IT being so dam cool when I was a kid”

      …. although I was pretty dam cool myself.

    • Auto-Man barely made it past a pilot and wasn’t good.

      One word: Manimal.

  11. Just watched this movie a few days ago. Loved it still. Not sure I would want a reboot as I am thinking it be more of a f-up than anything without good writers. Just a bad feeling.