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John Hyams set to direct Maniac Cop remake; Nicolas Winding Refn producing

09.29.2015

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Since 2012, Nicolas Winding Refn has been attached as a producer on a planned remake of William Lustig's MANIAC COP, and it appears the project may have finally found a director. At Fantastic Fest, Refn announced that John Hyams (UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: REGENERATION and DAY OF RECKONING) will helm the remake, which was later confirmed by Hyams on his Twitter. Hyam will be directing from a script by comic book writer Ed Brubaker.

Although the original MANIAC COP opened to negative reviews and didn't make back its budget at the box office, it has become a cult film in the years since its release, and launched two sequels. The 1988 slasher-flick starred Robert Z'Dar as the titular former law enforcement officer, who goes on a killing spree after returning from the dead. The film also featured the talents of Bruce Campbell, Tom Atkins, Richard Roundtree and Laurene Landon.

Synopsis for the original movie from IMDB:

Innocent people are being brutally murdered on the streets of New York City by a uniformed police officer. As the death toll rises and City Hall attempts a cover-up, Frank McCrae heads the investigation. A young cop, Jack Forrest, finds himself under arrest as the chief suspect, having been the victim of a set-up by the real killer and a mysterious woman phone-caller. Forrest, his girlfriend Theresa, and McCrae set out to solve the puzzle before the Maniac Cop can strike again.

So now that the remake has a director, who would you like to see play the ex-cop from hell?

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4:59AM on 10/02/2015
Blah blah blah Ed Brubaker blah blah...
Oh wait. Ed Brubaker? This may be interesting...
Blah blah blah Ed Brubaker blah blah...
Oh wait. Ed Brubaker? This may be interesting...
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7:33AM on 09/30/2015
The slasher sub genre needs to make a comeback. The zombie and ghost stories are overloading the genre these days, and making it boring. This film certainly won't bring back the slasher craze, but I'm glad they are making it.
The slasher sub genre needs to make a comeback. The zombie and ghost stories are overloading the genre these days, and making it boring. This film certainly won't bring back the slasher craze, but I'm glad they are making it.
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2:40PM on 09/29/2015

Ron Perlman

Richard Kiel (if he was alive)
Mickey Rourke
Gary Busey
Richard Kiel (if he was alive)
Mickey Rourke
Gary Busey
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6:50AM on 09/30/2015
Richard Kiel passed away a year ago, I think. But I'd go with Gary Busey.
Richard Kiel passed away a year ago, I think. But I'd go with Gary Busey.
7:34AM on 09/30/2015
Ron Perlman would be excellent. And he basically takes any role, so it is not out of the question.
Ron Perlman would be excellent. And he basically takes any role, so it is not out of the question.
11:10AM on 09/29/2015
Jesus Christ now they are remaking B-movies, has Hollywood really run out of ideas?
Jesus Christ now they are remaking B-movies, has Hollywood really run out of ideas?
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12:13PM on 09/29/2015
I would much rather see B-Movies remade, since these are typically movies that were not that great to begin with. So seeing a fresh take on it would be cool. It's the remake of classics that sucks.
I would much rather see B-Movies remade, since these are typically movies that were not that great to begin with. So seeing a fresh take on it would be cool. It's the remake of classics that sucks.
10:01AM on 09/29/2015
If done right, it could be as entertaining as the original movie. Bruce Campbell should have a cameo.
If done right, it could be as entertaining as the original movie. Bruce Campbell should have a cameo.
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8:46AM on 09/29/2015

Whenever I see the word "maniac," I immediately think Nicolas Cage

No one does "losing their s**t" better than him.
No one does "losing their s**t" better than him.
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2:21PM on 09/29/2015
Same here. He was the first name that came to mind before I clicked on the article.
Same here. He was the first name that came to mind before I clicked on the article.
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