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Larry Cohen Slams Refn’s ‘Maniac Cop’ Remake

Maniac Cop, a modern adaptation of William Lustig’s 1988 cult classic that Nicolas Winding Refn and his partner Lene Børglum are producing, was set to shoot this summer in Los Angeles. Now, according to BMD, the project could be dead. The news came via Larry Cohen, who wrote the 1988 original:

“As far as I know, that’s not happening anymore, and if it is, they might be trying to keep it a secret, as they’d owe me $250,000…”

John Hyams, who directed the super fun Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning, was locked in to get behind the camera from a script by Refn and Ed Brubaker (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Angel of Death) in collaboration with Refn.

Cohen went on to elaborate, while also throwing a nasty jab at Brubaker:

“Ed Brubaker wrote the script, and I’ve read the script, and it’s not very good. Ed Brubaker is a very good writer of comic books, I think. But if he’s written a good script for a movie, I haven’t read it.”

The new film was set in present day and follows a determined L.A. police officer who sets out to reveal the truth about the brutal murders of innocent people by one of her fellow cops.  Børglum recent stated that Maniac Cop will not be a pure horror film but rather a contemporary and realistic action thriller.

Cohen also told the site that he did some revision work on Brubaker’s draft, indulging a little ego along the way:

“I wrote six new scenes for the picture, based on what I’d read. And, had I written the whole script, the movie would probably be happening, as the script would be good. I wrote three films for Bill Lustig, though they changed a lot of [Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence] and Bill got fired from it…and I would’ve written the fourth movie, had they asked. But they didn’t, and now it’s not getting made.”

Cohen also described the plot of Brubaker’s script, which he was not a fan of:

“…it’s a lot like that Bob Hoskins movie [Neil Jordan’s Mona Lisa (’86)], where he’s driving prostitutes around and then waiting out in the car while they do their business in hotels with the Johns. It’s a direct lift from that, and then turns into a new Maniac Cop…”

Furthermore, Cohen says that, despite his misgivings with Brubaker’s draft, the majority of the blame sits at Nic Refn’s feet:

“…as far as I know, he was the one trying to get the money raised to make the picture, and he didn’t get it, so now it’s not happening. If it is, I would like to be paid, or I’m going to call my lawyer, and it’s getting shut down.”




  • IhopeLinneaQuigleyisinit.

    I’m not sure we need another 95 minute music video for Cliff Martinez anyway, despite the fact he deserves the recognition Refn has brought him.

    • zombie84_41


  • Victor Ward

    Wow. Is this guy bitter much?

    • Jarle Solbakken Fremstad

      You mean bitter?

    • Justin McGill

      possibly bitter.. but we really don’t know what the script looked like.. so even if Cohen being a MAJOR dick as he is here.. might have a very good point..

  • Papa_spoosh

    This guys a real loser, huh?

  • Joshua

    Brutal. But kinda good. I want a Maniac Cop horror movie. Not a modern day thriller.

  • I Am Colossus

    I like Refn….all of his work

    • zombie84_41

      IDK i gotta rewatch Neon Demon and Only God Forgives again.

      • James

        Both were pretty damn amazing

        • zombie84_41

          I gotta really rewatch them. Seems like the kind of movies you might like on another viewing or too. I’m in love with DRIVE though. Thats like one my personal favs.

      • I Am Colossus

        Fuck man, I love Neon Demon, and Only God Forgives is one of my favorite films ever

        • zombie84_41

          yeah man im
          not saying they are bad just need another rewatch from

  • Well, I think it’s safe to say…

    • DJ sTikInsEkT

      doesnt count as a sound effect as their is background noise

  • Ed Brubaker is a great comic book writer. But, looking at IMDB, he doesn’t seem to have many movie credits (at least, as far as writing is concerned).

  • Elizabeth

    Jesus. Even if it wasn’t a great script, that’s no reason to have a public temper tantrum. I learned not to behave that way when I was five.

  • DJ sTikInsEkT

    lol what does it have to do with that kiddies video game @ the end

  • NoGutzNoGory

    Man… what a big baby.

  • zombie84_41

    What a little bitch. Like your writing skills are any better. You made some serious shitty films you got two films I truly like thats the it’s alive films and also THE STUFF, the Stuff is just greatness. But come on man you don’t gotta go in public and be a tool and go after someone else.

    • Fredrik Johansen

      Have you seen Bone? If not, then STFU! 😉

      • zombie84_41

        Bone sounds cool. I’ll have to fine it. Bone does sound like every fuckin stupid home invasion movie they been doing now LOL.

  • Khy

    Very nice of Larry to take time out of his shift at Home Depot to talk about this.

    • WondrousPoop

      Yeah but he was late for his double at Fuddrucker’s because of it.

      • Barry El Beardo

        Come on guys, he’s a busy mom trying to make a difference!

  • Rohan

    Guy sounds pretty dickish. No reason to attack someone’s writing ability like that. What a pompous ass.

  • Big Boss Rogers

    Most underrated and one of of my favorite cult horror films! Should bring Bruce Campbell back if they remake it!

  • J Jett

    i had no idea there were plans to remake MANIAC COP.

    • you live on Mars, right?

      • J Jett

        no, i just visit there on occasion.

  • Cappy Tally

    Ed Brubaker is a great writer. PERIOD. Sounds to me Larry Cohen is just being a big baby because they wanted to make something interesting and he wanted a B-Movie.

    • Rake

      If it’s so interesting why not make it as a fresh movie instead of a remake to the b-movie maniac cop? I’m not saying Larry Cohen knows what a good script looks like but if he’s going to be so much trouble then just make a movie called Mad Cop.

      • MODOK

        I’d suggest a version where he alternates between frenetic activity and complete lethargy. I’d call it Manic Cop.


        tough crowd.

    • Don’t be daft. If you haven’t read the screenplay (Larry Cohen did) you have no idea if it’s good (Cohen clearly thinks it isn’t).

      And far as being a ‘great writer period’ that’s also a bit stupid because YOU HAVEN’T READ THE SCREENPLAY!

      And I hate to break it to you, but great artists (be they writers, directors, painters, etc) do mediocre or even bad work all the time.

      So unless you’re actually Brubaker you don’t even have a stake in the game, so why do you even care?

      • Cappy Tally

        1) Have you read it?
        2) Just because Cohen says it’s bad doesn’t mean it’s bad.
        3) I hate to break it to you, but sometimes great artists (and even mediocre artists) hate great work all the time.
        4) I may not have read this particular screenplay, but I have plenty of his work. Saying “Brubaker is a great writer” is a perfectly logical thing to say if I’ve read a ton of his work and enjoyed it as much as I have.
        5) Why the fuck do YOU even care what I have to say on the matter? I’m just some nobody on the internet, I didn’t shit on your bed this morning, so what does it matter to you what one random guy happens to think about it? I mean, what stake do YOU have in “the game” anyway, asshole? God, what a snobbish prick.

        • Christ, you need to grow up because having a temper tantrum about something you’ve never read–written by a person you likely never met–is borderline delusional.

          And so what Larry Cohen doesn’t like Brubaker’s screenplay for the movie HE wrote and directed!?

          You ever think that maybe, just maybe to him the screenplay sucked? That maybe, just maybe it wasn’t the Maniac Cop Cohen created?

          I know that that may clash with the lofty Shakespearean idea of Ed Brubaker that exists enterly in your mind, but it’s certainly possible.

          By the way, you calling anyone a snob is meaningless because you seemingly live in a fantasyland where you get upset over something that literally has nothing to do with you, and has nothing to do with the price of tea in China.

          • Cappy Tally

            I wasn’t having a temper tantrum about something I never read, I made a short comment about something that a bunch of other people were also commenting on, and you decided to single me out with this long diatribe about how dumb I am for having an opinion.

            Again I ask, what the fuck does any of this have to do with YOU? Why are you so upset with ME, asshole?

  • sixfeetdownsouth

    That’s good news and he’s 100% right about Ed Brubaker. This flick would have been total suck.

    • Cappy Tally

      So you’ve read the screenplay? You obviously haven’t read any comics he’s written.

      • sixfeetdownsouth

        Sounds like we have Ed Brubaker’s mom responding to this thread.
        Well, mom, your son can’t write a screenplay worth two cents. Maybe he should stick to comics.

        • Dr. Carrion Crow

          Troll be trolling

          • sixfeetdownsouth

            Troll? You just can’t stand an opinion that differs from yours.

          • J Jett

            aren’t you doing exactly what you’re accusing Cappy of?

          • Dr. Carrion Crow

            You won’t lure me under your bridge, troll.

          • Mike tantatelli

            Lmfao!!!! Best response ever to a troll!! May i steal this? Hahahha too fuckin funny.

          • Dr. Carrion Crow

            Please do. I’m always pleased to see my work carried on by others.

  • Necro

    Wow what a dick! Cohen is trying to act like he’s the second coming as far as Horror is concerned. Also if this film were to be made, how about make it a Horror movie, not some bullshit Thriller.

    • Judge Satchmo

      Come on, you know that if you pair Larry Cohen with Michael Moriarty, you have a can’t miss blockbuster! I’m still waiting for The Stuff 2: Mo Stuff, Q: The Winged Serpent 2: This time with more alphabet, It’s Alive 27: it’s still Alive…. again.

      • Fredrik Johansen

        Hell yeah! I’d pay to see all of those!

    • Fredrik Johansen

      Cohen pretty much is the second coming. His films are beyond awesome.

  • MarsupialRebellion

    It does sound pretty dickish, but we didn’t read the script. It’s easy to call him a dick from here, but if someone was remaking a movie YOU had made and was very special to you and you read the script which was bad, and was even taking away the genre elements which it seems to be doing (and IMO most remakes of this type tend to suck anyway) you might be bitter as well. Obviously having a public tantrum like that could have been avoided but we don’t know all the details. Personally I’m not a huge Maniac Cop fan anyway, the second one is way better in my opinion, and Cohen has several better films, but none really are screaming to be remade.

  • Ocelot006 .

    At least Larry Cohen hasn’t become a grumpy old man in his latter years….

  • Refn is such a cunt.

    • James

      Refn is amazing director apparently dealing with a whiny bitch of a screenwriter who takes thinks he’s way more amazing than he is.

  • Luca Vasto

    thank god, i love Maniac Cop trilogy but this project never conviced me.
    Nothing against Brubaker, but IMHO it would been better a Maniac Cop 4 rather than a remake.

    • James

      No. We did not need a horrible maniac cop 4. At this point we need something new and fresh and Refn would have given us that and it would be amazing in comparison.

      • Luca Vasto

        uhm, i don’t know man, IMHO Maniac Cop trilogy is amazing, a reboot…. no convinced me

  • HeteroFriendly

    Two film makers who I respect very much.

    Refn is up there with the Coens to me as far as modern maestro’s,
    and Larry Cohen in an under-rated classic from that late 70’s-80’s ish golden age.

    And he’s still go it.
    Pick me Up was the best episode of Masters of Horror.

    I dont like seeing people who I like mad at each other.

    • Fredrik Johansen

      Hell, I’m a huge Cohen fan, and I loved Pick me Up, but I still think it didn’t hold a candle to Cigarette Burns, or even Incident on and off a Mountain Road.

      • James

        Cigarette burns was superb

  • James

    Wow he went full whiny bitch just like Alan Moore usually does….

  • James

    Man this guy is in love with himself. Maniac cop wasn’t exactly Shakespeare and I’m pretty sure Refn can easily do a better job than the original with his eyes closed….

  • lonestarr357

    Never saw the original movie, but when it comes to an auteur with decades of movies and interesting (if not always fully realized) ideas and the pretentious director of (easily) one of the most overrated movies I’ve ever seen, I’ll side with the auteur.

    Really, we should all be lucky enough to be in a position to give zero fucks at the end of a long career like Cohen has (and I say this as someone who’s only seen THE STUFF, which could absolutely do with a remake).

  • Evan3

    Only a “little ego.” With all due respect to his long career – Brubaker has proven himself to be a writer of incredible excellence and he… has not. I mean, if Maniac Cop is your claim to fame, I’m not sure you can boast about how incredible your script writing talents are.

    • Vincent Pereira

      Larry Cohen has written a lot more movies than MANIAC COP. IMDB is your friend.

      • Evan3

        I’m aware he’s done a ton of movies. And Maniac Cop is pretty close to his “best” work. Don’t get me wrong, I am no fan of Refn (has any movie been as overrated as fucking Drive?) but it’s not like Cohen has proven himself to be a master of screenwriting.

  • Shane o mac

    Not a fan of maniac cop but psycho cop, that was a fun horror/comedy

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