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Nicolas Winding Refn's Maniac Cop remake shoots this summer! Casting begins

03.23.2017by: Mike Sprague

It seems like forever ago now that we brought you the news that NEON DEMON helmer Nicolas Winding Refn was going to be bringing us a new version of the 80s slasher classic MANIAC COP.

Today we finally have news that the film is set to shoot this summer in Los Angeles, and casting is underway. Producer Lene Børglum told Variety that the new MANIAC COP will not be a pure horror film but rather a contemporary and realistic action thriller. 

Børglum said the project took years to get off the ground because it took time to secure the rights, find the right director, and collect the financing. Now, even though Refn will be creatively involved in this remake, the new MANIAC COP will be directed by John Hyams (UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: DAY OF RECKONING).

Producer Lene Børglum on John Hyams.

The reason why we wanted to work with John Hyams is because we love his visual style and his ability to work extremely well on a limited budget.

The MANIAC COP remake synopsis:

Set in the present day L.A., a determined L.A. police officer sets out to reveal the truth about the brutal murders of innocent people by one of her fellow cops. 

MANIAC COP is written by Refn and Ed Brubaker (CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER), and directed by John Hyams. Original MANIAC COP creator William Lustig is serving as a producer on the new film.

NEON DEMON co-star Bella Heathcote

Extra Tidbit: Have you seen all the MANIAC COP films?
Source: Variety

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9:06PM on 03/23/2017
I am the one nerd in America who is not an Ed Brubaker fan. I dislike what he does with existing characters and storylines. Actually, there are probably at least a few genre fans who do not care for Brubaker's work.

In general, I am skeptical that this Maniac Cop will be the one that longtime horrorfans appreciate. William Lustig has his name on the project, granted. But, producers often take the money in exchange for their name and "blessing" on a remake project. Potentially, that
I am the one nerd in America who is not an Ed Brubaker fan. I dislike what he does with existing characters and storylines. Actually, there are probably at least a few genre fans who do not care for Brubaker's work.

In general, I am skeptical that this Maniac Cop will be the one that longtime horrorfans appreciate. William Lustig has his name on the project, granted. But, producers often take the money in exchange for their name and "blessing" on a remake project. Potentially, that arrangement has happened here. Furthermore, this Maniac Cop's plot and genre are significantly different from the original. Furthermore, Nicolas Winding Refn does more of an arthouse horror when he does horror. The original Maniac Cop is somewhat a B movie. Then again, a B movie might benefit from a director who has an A game. Refn could give moviefans a Maniac Cop that really rocks their world--while having slow pacing.

I suspect that this remake more borrows Maniac Cop's good name than actually remakes Maniac Cop. That is my concern.
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