Filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn is working on a reboot of MANIAC COP as a TV series for HBO and Canal +. Partnering with John Hyams, HBO will carry the event series in North America, while Canal + will take the French rights.
Set in Los Angeles, Maniac Cop is told through a kaleidoscope of characters, from cop to common criminal. A killer in uniform has uncaged mayhem upon the streets. Paranoia leads to social disorder as a city wrestles with the mystery of the exterminator in blue – is he mere mortal, or a supernatural force?
Says Refn, “I’ve always been a devoted admirer of John Hyams,” said Refn. “We’ve been talking about a re-imagining of the Maniac Cop films for a number of years, but as we continued to work on the material, we found ourselves wanting to explore the world we were creating in greater depth. Turning Maniac Cop into a series will allow us to realize our wildest ambitions and to reach an enormous audience through partners HBO and Canal+. This show will be an unadulterated, action-packed horror odyssey. Given the current state of the world, though, Maniac Cop will also be a strong commentary on the decline of civilization”.
Director of the original 1988 film, William Lustig will executive produce.
The Lustig-directed 1988 slasher Maniac Cop, written by Larry Cohen, starred Tom Atkins, Bruce Campbell, Laurene Landon, Richard Roundtree, William Smith, Robert Z’Dar, and Sheree North. (watch a trailer below) It did not do particularly well at the boxoffice but eventually became a cult hit, spawning two sequels, Maniac Cop 2 (1990) and Maniac Cop III: Badge of Silence (1993).