It looks like Universal Pictures has gone back to the recycling bin once again and this time the victim is Jean-Claude Van Damme’s 1994 time travel action flick, Timecop. It may be just one of many in Van Damme’s long career of bad movies, but it also happens to be his highest grossing film ever and is widely considered to be one of his best flicks as far as critics are concerned. Sounds to me like just the right recipe for a properly profitable reboot.
In case you missed this one, the premise of Timecop is pretty simple. Van Damme is an agent who fights time travel criminals. He discovers that a politician is abusing the system and making himself powerful. A conflict ensues and lots of people die.
The flick is currently in its gestational stages, with Universal seeking out writers to put together a decent script. If successful, we will no doubt see a pile of sequels following the first. Unfortunately, the new incarnation of Timecop is shaping up to be, according to sources, 100% Van Damme free.
What do the Nerd Readers think about this one? Is it worth the time and effort to recycle Timecop? Should Van Damme at least get an honorary cameo? Should we gather up the CEOs of Universal and have some public executions?
Thanks to ComicBookMovie for the heads-up.
The future holds for movie viewers yet another remake of an old classic. This time around it’s Bloodsport, the punch-kick film from 1988 that pitted Jean-Claude Van Damme against a host of other martial artists in a visual spectacle with little storyline. The man stepping up to the plate to write the new script is none other than Robert Mark Kamen, perhaps best known for penning The Karate Kid and Transporter franchises as well as his most recent work, Taken 2.
When chatting with CraveOnline about the upcoming remake, Kamen expressed his opinion that he’d rather the movie have nothing to do with Jean-Claude Van Damme, even in a small cameo.
Or, in his own words:
This film resembles the original in title only. It has nothing to do with any Kumite contest. It has nothing to do with Frank Dux. If the title was not the same, you would not associate the two films. To use JCVD would make no sense because the association would be lost as the story has nothing to do with the first one. If anything it would be a distraction.
So… it has nothing to do with the original one, eh? Then why fkn name it Bloodsport and refer to it as a remake? Oh, that’s right – cause people will buy more tickets if they can be fooled into believing they’re getting a movie made from the same franchise as the original.
This Nerdbastard’s opinion: Lame move you greedy wankers.
Thanks to ComingSoon for the info.