Timecop (franchise)

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Timecop franchise
Cover of Timecop comic book that originated the franchise.
Created byMike Richardson
Mark Verheiden
Original work"Time Cop: A Man Out of Time" (comic book)
Print publications
  • The Scavenger (1998)
  • Viper’s Spawn (1998)
  • Blood Ties (1999)
Films and television
Television seriesTimecop
TraditionalTimecop (SNES)

Timecop is an American science fiction franchise about a police force that regulates time travel, set in the near future. It started as a three-part story titled "Time Cop: A Man Out of Time," in a 1992 Dark Horse anthology comic, which inspired the 1993 TV series Time Trax[citation needed] and 1994 film Timecop starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. The film was a box office success, and inspired a video game for SNES, a single-season ABC TV series, three novels, and a sequel in 2003.



The film adaptation of "Time Cop: A Man in Time" was directed by Peter Hyams and produced by Sam Raimi and Moshe Diamant. Jean-Claude Van Damme played police officer Max Walker, who is recruited by Time Enforcement Commission (TEC) in 1994 to bring a rogue politician, Senator Aaron McComb (Ron Silver), to justice. Through his investigation, Walker discovers that the senator is also responsible for numerous other previously unconnected crimes, including the earlier death of his wife, played by Mia Sara.

Timecop 2: The Berlin Decision[edit]

Timecop 2 was directed by Steve Boyum and written by Gary Scott Thompson. Van Damme did not return—the lead role was instead fulfilled by Jason Scott Lee. Lee plays TEC agent Ryan Chung, who has to stop Brandon Miller, the head of an agency supervising TEC, who intends to change history by assassinating Adolf Hitler in 1940. The film was released in 2003 directly to home video.


In 2014, The Hollywood Reporter wrote that Universal Studios was developing a reboot of Timecop due to success of the 2012 time travelling film Looper. Richardson was to be the executive producer.[1]


Following the film's success, American Broadcasting Company ordered a series based on Timecop. They agreed to produce 13 episodes on a $15 million budget. Universal Television produced the resulting series, using the same title as the film. Mark Verheiden wrote the screenplay for the pilot.[2]

The show was first aired in 1997. [2] None of the cast or characters from the film reprised their roles in the series. Ted King starred in a breakout role as TEC agent Jack Logan (a character later used in the novels) who hunts down rogue travelers and brings them to justice before they can alter the past. Due to low ratings and poor advertising, the series was cut short after less than a season, and only nine out of the thirteen episodes were aired.[3]

Print publications[edit]


Mike Richardson, the founder of Dark Horse Comics, wrote a three-issue story titled "Time Cop: A Man Out of Time". The story was included in issues No. 1–3 of the Dark Horse Comics anthology series in 1992.[4][5] Richardson developed the story, while the comic was written by Mark Verheiden and drawn by Ron Randall. The plot of the comic differs from film's plot, but Max Walker is the protagonist of both works.

Richardson and Verheiden went on to write the screenplay for the film.[4] They also published a two-issue comic book adaptation of the film in September 1994, coinciding with the film's release.


Dan Parkinson wrote an adventure trilogy based on the Timecop series, covering Jack Logan's further hunts for rogue time travellers who try to alter the past.[6] Published by Del Rey Books, the trilogy consisted of The Scavenger (August 1998), Viper's Spawn (September 1998) and Blood Ties (March 1999).


A side-scrolling action game based on the Timecop film was produced by Cryo Interactive for Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1995. The game is notable for being one of the first to use digitized images of the film's cast to portray game characters—live actors had been filmed in front of a bluescreen. The player has to stop Dr. Hans Kleindast, the inventor of time travel, following him through various time periods throughout the game's 15 levels.[7]

Although the game was only released for the Super NES, a version was also developed for the Sega CD, with a short demo being distributed with the May 1995 issue of the European Sega Pro magazine.[8] Despite being fully completed by the developer, JVC choose not to publish the Sega CD version. In 2007, a complete version of the game was eventually released on the Internet by the Sega CD version coder.[9][unreliable source?]


  1. ^ Kit, Borys (9 April 2014). "'Timecop' Reboot Snags 'Journey 2' Writers". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  2. ^ a b Lowry, Brian (October 10, 1996). "ABC Invests $15 Million in 'Timecop'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 31, 2010.
  3. ^ Garcia, Frank (28 March 2012). Science Fiction Television Series, 1990-2004: Histories, Casts and Credits for 58 Shows. McFarland.
  4. ^ a b Cohen, Jason (April 20, 2017). "15 Adaptations More Famous Than the Original Comics". CBR.com. Retrieved June 19, 2017.
  5. ^ Time Cop: "A Man Out of Time" at the Comic Book DB
  6. ^ Garcia, Frank (28 March 2012). Science Fiction Television Series, 1990-2004: Histories, Casts and Credits for 58 Shows. McFarland. ISBN 978-0786469178.
  7. ^ "Timecop for SNES (1995)". MobyGames. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Sega Mega CD demo information". Sega Mega CD Library. Retrieved 2011-10-20.
  9. ^ New unreleased game, archived from the original on 2012-03-26, retrieved 2015-07-26