Nicolas Winding Refn’s remake of cult horror classic Maniac Cop has been greenlit.
The film, which Winding Refn will make with producing partner Lene Børglum, was penned by comic book writer Ed Brubaker (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) in collaboration with Refn, and will be helmed by John Hyams (Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning).
In the original 1988 movie, which was directed by William Lustig and written by Larry Cohen and starred a fresh-faced Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead II), told the story of a cop serial killer, and the police officer who is blamed for the Maniac Cop’s crimes.
The remake is going to be modernized, but still have a similar plot of a good cop trying to stop a bad cop.
According to Børglum, another thing the remake will have in common with the original is the blending of genres, he called it an action thriller rather than a straight up horror film. He also mentioned that Hymes does well directing with a limited budget, indicating that remake will be a low-budget film, again like its predecessor.
Maniac Cop begins filming this summer.