This past Friday director/DVD distributor William Lustig chatted with fans on Fangoria Radio where he revealed that he will not only be working on a fourth MANIAC COP film, but also will be remaking MANIAC, his first genre effort from 1980 where a schizoid serial killer randomly stalks and kills various young women in New York, which he sees as revenge for the mistreatment he got while being raised by his own abusive mother. Read on for the skinny!
“The MANIAC remake keeps threatening to happen,” Lustig told Fangoria Radio. “I’ve been talking [with various parties] for nine months to untangle the rights. I think it will happen.” Companies in the U.S. and Europe have been vying to update his gory slasher hit starring Joe Spinell, though Lustig admits that the late actor, who also co-produced the 1981 film, is irreplaceable. “I can’t imagine anyone else in that role,” he said.
While they work on getting this made, Lustig talked a bit about the progress of MANIAC COP 4:
“We’re going to reinvent the series with MANIAC COP 4,” Lustig said, adding that original actor Robet Z’Dar will not be donning the blue uniform again. “We want to start fresh. We replowed the field already.“