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Yeah, we’re all really excited about high art and the Cannes Film Festival line-up and everything, but you know what else is cool? Old dudes blowing things up. While no one is more facetious about big budget Hollywood films than than yours truly, I still have affection in my heart for The Expendables franchise. This means that when new images from The Expendables 3 pop up, I just have to talk about them.
These new pics are pretty much what you’d expect from the upcoming sequel, as our original Expendables are back, alongside a bevy of newcomers and some rather old faces as well. The franchise has been workings its way through all the A and B List stars of the 1980s, from Jean-Claude Van Damme to Chuck Norris and back again. In this sequel, aged thespians Mel Gibson, Sylvester Stallone, and Arnold Schwarzenegger get armed and dangerous »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Feature Ryan Lambie 17 Apr 2014 - 06:28
What do the film characters of Schwarzenegger, Van Damme, Stallone, Norris et al get up to in the non-action bit of an action movie? Er...
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When asked what he did between acting jobs, Robert Duvall once said, "Hobbies, hobbies and more hobbies." This is fair enough because, to quote James Bond, "everybody needs a hobby." Bond himself has all kinds of things to do in his spare time: playing Baccarat and Poker, talking to exotic ladies and drinking Martinis. For all we know, Bond might also be into origami and bell ringing.
The question is, what do other action heroes get up to when they're not shooting bad guys, blowing up trucks or rescuing their daughters from Val Verde? In most movies, we never find out. But in very, »
“Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn is all about the kinds of films that others dread — remakes. After posting support on Facebook for writers Mark and Brian Gunn (“Journey 2: The Mysterious Island”) drafting a screenplay for Universal's remake of 1994 Jean-Claude Van Damme action movie “Timecop,” the filmmaker provided a counter argument for those cinephiles adamantly against reviving an old idea for a new audience. See video: First ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Clip: See Chris Pratt in Star-Lord Action “Remakes are not ‘Hollywood running out of ideas’ – they've been around in film since the silent era, and on stage long before that, »
- Greg Gilman
The reboot of Timecop is moving forward after securing new writers.
It has been reported that the film will be tonally similar to Looper, with more emphasis on big-budget special effects.
Watch a trailer for 1994's Timecop below: »
Telegraph interviewed Winona Ryder last month. Not sure how I missed this one but it's a good interview with smart comments on her career and age.
Shadowplay "things I read off the screen in In The Heat of the Night" interesting piece on 1967's Best Picture
Playbill has a history of Cabaret's journey from the pages of "Goodbye to Berlin" to the stage and screen
Pajiba on Rob Lowe's "awesome" Reddit Ama
- NATHANIEL R
Universal Pictures is looking to give Timecop a redo. The 1994 film, which starred Jean-Claude Van Damme and his mullet, was an undervalued sci-fi gem. To this day, it remains Van Damme’s highest-grossing movie, but middling reviews and a crowded year of notable films meant that it was soon forgotten. And when I say a “crowded year,” I mean it. 1994 gave us The Shawshank Redemption, Forrest Gump, The Lion King, True Lies, Pulp Fiction, Natural Born Killers, Stargate, Speed, The Crow, and many more. So Timecop disappeared, except in the hearts of fans that really dug the premise.
Based on a Dark Horse Comics story, Time Cop, which was featured in an anthology for the comic book shingle, the movie told the story of Max Walker- a cop who works for a special police force that has time traveling capabilities. Ron Silver played a corrupt politician that was hellbent »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Remember Jean-Claude Van Damme’s 1994 epic time travelling action flick Timecop? No? Hey, it wasn’t that bad was it? It was announced last year that a remake was in the works and now Universal have revealed the writing pair behind the new script will be cousins Mark and Brian Gunn. The duo have previously scribed for Journey 2 and are currently working on its sequel. They’ve also been linked with the rumoured remake of 1987 kids horror classic The Monster Squad.
Timecop is based on a comic book from Dark Horse Comics written by Mark Richardson about an enforcement officer in the near future whose job it is to regulate the use of time travel. The original movie (which is actually one of Van Damme’s better offerings) racked in a healthy $100 million worldwide and spawned a sequel starring Jason Scott Lee, but has been on Universal’s remake list »
- Gavin Logan
The Martian: Drew Goddard is no longer attached to direct The Martian, a not-unexpected development since he was just named to helm Marvel's The Sinister Six, on top of his duties as writer-director for the Daredevil TV show. The Martian is a sci-fi drama that revolves around an astronaut stranded on the Moon; it's set up at Fox, which wants Matt Damon (who last ventured into sci-fi in Elysium) to star. But that will "likely" depend on who is brought on board to direct. [The Wrap] Timecop: We heard about plans for a reboot of the highly enjoyable sci-fi/action flick Timecop last year, and the project is now moving forward (although still without original star Jean-Claude Van Damme). Mark and Brian Gunn (The Journey 2) have been hired to write the screenplay...
- Peter Martin
Total Recall. RoboCop. Blood Sport. Godzilla. The Fantastic Four. The Pink Panther. Gremlins. For better or worse, Hollywood loves a reboot. The latest reboot to make the leap into development is Universal's Timecop. THR reports Universal has hired cousins Mark Gunn and Brian Gunn, co-writers of the Dwayne Johnson action-comedy Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, to write the screenplay for a rebooted Timecop. The original 1994 movie starred Jean-Claude Van Damme and was inspired by the comic book series by Mike Richardson and Mark Verheiden. The action flick was set in 2004, where--as the trailer below outlines--"time travel is a reality." Meanwhile, in actual reality it's 2014 and we still don't even have hoverboards, but I digress. Anyway, in Timecop time travel wasn't only possible, but also a criminal offense. It's just too tempting to go back and time and steal sweet loot (Time Bandits) or bet on sporting events you already »
Star Wars Last week, rumors began circulating that J.J. Abrams might be revisiting some of the classic environments of the original Star Wars trilogy in Star Wars: Episode VII, namely the ice planet Hoth and the desert planet Tatooine. Now, THR is adding some weight to at least half of that rumor by reporting that a "source" inside the production has revealed that Abrams is building a "re-creation of Tatooine." Abrams is a self-avowed devotee of the original movies and the entire Skywalker storyline revolves around the desert planet so this seems like one slam-dunk of a rumor.
Far less certain is the recent rumor that a virtual unknown has landed a major role in the new trilogy. Again, THR is out in front of this rumor, placing Oxford-educated actress Maisie Richardson-Sellers "in line to nab" a key role, possibly as the Jedi daughter of Obi-Wan Kenobi. So far, the »
- BJSprecher Sprecher
Universal Pictures has been trying to reboot Jean-Claude Van Damme's 1994 time-travel action film "Timecop" for many years. Back in May, the studio was reaching out to writers. And now comes word that it just hired writing partners Mark and Brian Gunn (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island). The original "Timecop," which grossed $102 million globally, is set in the near future where time travel is regulated by a police force. One officer (Van Damme) attempts to stop a crooked politician (Ron Silver) using time travel to further his political career. The new version is said to be a more gritty and grounded police story with the sci-fi not playing as big of a role. It will still focus on one man's personal journey. Van Damme will not be involved. »
News Simon Brew 10 Apr 2014 - 06:28
Announced last year, things had been quiet with regards the planned remake of Timecop, the 1994 movie starring Jean-Claude Van Damme (back in an era when Van Damme movies regularly got a cinema release). Until now, at least. For just when you thought the project may have quietly died a death, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that's not the case. In fact, a pair of new writers have now been hired to take a crack at the screenplay.
Mark and Brian Gunn are the writing pair concerned. They've previously penned Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, and we're told that "this version of Timecop is a more gritty and grounded police story with the sci-fi in the background, though it will still have the main character on a personal journey". Gritty? Less sci-fi? »
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, ...
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- Araceli Roach
The original, based on a Dark Horse Comic mini-series, was set in a near future where time travel is regulated by a special police force.
One officer (Van Damme) runs afoul a crooked politician (Ron Silver) who is using time travel to further his political career. It is one of Van Damme's most financially and critically successful films.
This remake however is expected to be more of a reboot, taking the basics and re-imagining the concept so it could serve as a potential franchise launcher. It's also said to be a more "gritty and grounded police story" with the sci-fi elements in the background rather than upfront. »
- Garth Franklin
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, »
It's been almost a year since we've heard anything on Universal's reboot of Timecop, but today screenwriters, Mark and Brian Gunn, have been hired to work on the script, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The pair are best known for writing The Rock's best film-to-date, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. They're also working on Journey 3, Monster Squad and a MacGyver movie. Seems like they are a great choice for the new Timecop as they have a lot of experience with working on other people's successful ideas. The 1994 film, starred Jean-Claude Van Damme ("Sudden Death") as a Time Enforcement Police officer. His life is dramatically altered when he gets in the way of a crooked politician (Ron Silver) with ambitious plans to use time-travel to further his political career all the way to the White House. The film was written by Mike Richardson, the founder and publisher of Dark Horse Comics. »
Universal’s Timecop reboot has found a pair of writers. Mark and Brian Gunn, who wrote the screenplay for Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, have been tapped to write the script for Timecop, which is a remake of the 1994 Jean-Claude Van Damme time travel action movie. Marc Shmuger will produce the film under his Universal-based Global Produce, his shingle that was involved in making We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks and The Spectacular Now. Mike Richardson of Dark Horse, the company that published the comic the movie is based on, will serve as an executive producer. Film
- Borys Kit
The last time I wrote anything on the Timecop reboot was the announcement that they were actually doing it last year. Then I did a Cast This for the character of Max Walker originally played by the legendary Jean-Claude Van Damme. The schmoes top three choices included: Scott Adkins, Jason Statham, and Karl Urban. Any of those sound like good picks to you? Unfortunately, I don.t have any casting news for you today. Instead we have a pair of writers set to pen the script. Mark and Brian »
- Niki Stephens
When Jean-Claude Van Damme lined up alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in the cast of The Expendables 2, it was the first time that the two action legends had shared a billing, but it wasn’t the first time they’d actually worked together on set.
The Muscles from Brussels was originally cast as the Predator in John McTiernan’s 1987 cult-classic of the same name, only to find himself replaced by Kevin Peter Hall after complaining about the suit being “too clumsy and too hot”.
Well, thanks to a new video from the Stan Winston School featuring behind the scenes footage of Van Damme in the original “cloaked” version of the Predator suit, we can see why it might have been “too clumsy and too hot”. You can also throw “too ridiculous” in there too…
- Gary Collinson
David S. Goyer is the screenwriter of the “Blade” trilogy, Christopher Nolan's Batman films and now Zack Snyder's Superman/DC series, and you could make a decent case that he's therefore the single most important influence on the modern superhero movie, more even than the directors he has worked for, even if in the wider world he's barely famous enough to be mistaken for Stanley Tucci.Recently he's been talking up further plans for the DC universe and the way his work interacts with fan expectations, but a couple of weeks ago he also gave a more general talk at BAFTA about his career path and the screenwriting trade. Starting at the beginning with his (eventually successful) harassment of an agent when he was still in college, with one script to his name, then working through the slog of crappy Jean-Claude van Damme movies (“One day you'll write »
- Ben Brock
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