TIMECOP Gets A Reboot, No Van Damme

Looks like LADY BLOODSPORT won't be the only re-imagining of a Jean-Claude Van Damme classic.
Jean-Claude Van Damme takes on James Lew in TIMECOP (1994). Photo: AMC Films

According to the latest developments over at The Hollywood Reporter, the 1994 science fiction blockbuster, TIMECOP is being observed as a reboot with producers Mark Shmuger and Tom McNulty under the Global Produce banner at Universal. The subsequent success of the first film, based on a Dark Horse Comics publication, led to a sequel starring actor Jason Scott Lee, followed by a video game adaptation and a short-lived television series.

THR also states that the project will not involve Jean-Claude Van Damme, but there is no word yet on who will star in the film or direct it. It is also not the first time the "Muscle From Brussels" has been snubbed by the people re-envisioning one of the most successful films of his career as the actor was most recently snubbed by screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen, who was then developing a script for Phillip Noyce's reboot of the tournament action hit, BLOODSPORT, which launched the Belgian kicker to big screen stardom in 1988. Director Peter Hyams maintained Van Damme's successful legacy, evidently helming TIMECOP, along with the 1995 hostage thriller, SUDDEN DEATH.

In other news, Universal managed to acquire North American and U.K. distribution rights to one of Van Damme's more recent films, Rob Meltzer's comedy adventure, WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE. Van Damme is also involved in an upcoming heist thriller called SWELTER, directed by Keith Parmer.

Van Damme is also slated to appear in ENEMIES CLOSER, with actors Tom Everett Scott and Orlando Jones. The film pairs the action star once more with director Peter Hyams.

Stay tuned for further updates on TIMECOP.

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This article was corrected at 1:29pm EST

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