Jean-Claude Van Damme starred in the original Timecop, which was released in 1994, centering on a law enforcement agency that regulates time travel. The actor portrayed an officer who tangles with a corrupt politician (Ron Silver), trying to use time travel to further his career. Mia Sara, Bruce McGill and Gloria Reuben co-starred in the film.
The reboot is said to be more of a "gritty and grounded" crime tale, with the sci-fi elements pushed to the background. The project has drawn comparisons to Rian Johnson's 2012 time travel feature Looper, although this reboot will be much larger in scale. The story debuted as a three-part tale in the Dark Horse Comics anthology series, which spawned the original Timecop, a short-lived 1997 Timecop TV series, and the 2003 straight-to-video sequel Timecop 2: The Berlin Decision.
Marc Shmuger is producing the reboot, with Dark Horse's Mike Richardson serving as executive producer. Brian Gunn and Mark Gunn are best known for writing Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, and they are also working on the sequel, Journey 3: From the Earth to the Moon, along with a number of other projects, including MacGyver, Mighty Mouse and The Monster Squad.
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