It was announced several years ago that William Lustig’s Maniac Cop was on the remake chopping block, with Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) producing, Ed Brubaker (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) writing and John Hyams (Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning) directing. The most recent update on the project, however, didn’t seem good; the original’s writer, Larry Cohen, noted “it’s not happening anymore” last September.
But in a new chat with Birth.Movies.Death., Hyams assures that much progress is happening on the Maniac Cop front, with the remake very much still happening.
He tells the site, “It’d seem like nothing’s happening, but actually quite a bit is happening with it. We’ve been working on it for a few years now, with some starts and stops. But it is going to happen. Right now, Nic Refn, our producer, who is an amazing filmmaker and a really great guy – he’s stuck by me this whole time and hasn’t let up, which I’m deeply thankful for and inspired by – is getting everything set. But between Ed Brubaker and myself, we are developing it, and it actually just took an interesting turn recently.”
“This is all stuff I’m going to be able to talk about a little more in the coming months, but things are definitely coming together on it,” Hyams goes on to note.
The remake is set in the present, following 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.