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Nicolas Winding Refn’s ‘Maniac Cop’ Finds Backers

Some big news coming out of Cannes Film Festival as Nicolas Winding Refn’s Space Rocket has partnered with Wild Bunch and Vendian Entertainment of a multi-year first look deal, according to Variety. The first project that will receive production and financing is the remake of the 1988 thriller/horror film Maniac Cop.

Refn is acting as a creative producer on the film, which is being directed by John Hyams (Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning and written by Ed Brubaker (Captain America: The Winter Soldier). The movie is set to shoot this summer in Los Angeles.

According to the site, Maniac Cop, “…follows innocent people who are brutally murdered on the streets of Los Angeles by a uniformed police officer. As the death toll rises and LAPD attempts a cover up, one determined female cop sets out to reveal the truth.

The original Maniac Cop was directed by William Lustig and starred Tom Atkins and Bruce Campbell with the late Robert Z’Dar playing the title role.



  • oh_riginal

    I anticipate this producer/director pairing to be very inspired! Those last few Universal Soldier movies weren’t great, but that LOOKED great and were entertaining enough. Nice to see him get a shot at something different.

  • wrestling fan 36

    There was psycho cop to, i would have rather seen that get remade

    • Adam Clifton

      Maniac Cop Vs Psycho Cop

      • wrestling fan 36

        I’d watch that

    • JP Andrika

      I was pretty disappointed with the “Maniac Cop” movies. I feel like they never lived up to their premise.

      • wrestling fan 36

        Yeah thats why i liked the psycho cop movies better. Dude was psycho and cracked jokes like fewddy when he killed peeps

        • JP Andrika

          I’ve never seen the “Psycho Cop” films. But the “Maniac Cop” films play on the Chiller channel now.

          • wrestling fan 36

            Yeah for some reason they never play the psycho cop movies. Part 2 was on like cinamax like 5 years ago (i watched cuz it had julie strain in it) and went to amazon and bought both movies on dvd for like 30 bucks

  • Wez Za

    another horror about a female just gonna be the same old shit

  • Darth_Siskel

    This is the movie I’ve always wanted to remake personally.
    I can only dream

  • Adam Clifton

    Am I remembering it right? Wasn’t the original Maniac Cop movies set in New York?

    • David Meehan

      They were indeed set in New York. I believe big chunks of them were shot in LA though.

  • PsychoMantis18

    Disappointing; thought Refn would be directing….

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