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[OMFG] Nicolas Winding Refn Onboard New ‘Maniac Cop’ Movie!

Wow. While Maniac Cop, certainly isn’t a favorite of mine (a recent revisit on Blu-ray left me so-so on the film), this could be pretty great. Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn is now involved in the re-emerging franchise in a big way. Before you explode – as of right now he’s not directing it. But he is producing it. Not only is that unexpected, but it gives me hope that the Maniac Cop franchise could finally have an installment that actually achieves the mood and style the original film aimed for. Of course, it’ll be a prequel (which I have no problem with).

Per Daily Grindhouse, “in an exclusive interview with both William Lustig and Larry Cohen, DG has learned that Nicolas Winding Refn is going to be joining Lustig as a producer of the new film. ‘It’s going to be more a prequel than anything else, I am really excited to come back to this world especially since Nick is going to be a part of it’ said Cohen. ‘Nick (Winding Refn) has been talking to us about it for a while now and I had an idea that would work so we’re going to do it.’ Cohen said that the film will still maintain the noir-ish comic book feel of the first three films but ‘with a bigger budget than the others have had.’

Some sites are speculating that Refn could even end up directing this thing. While I wouldn’t necessarily hold my breath, it doesn’t seem like a totally unrealistic proposition either. Even though he’s A-List, he’s no snob and he has gone on record for his love of genre film in general many times.

What do you think? Should the prequel go for the period setting? Or should they reboot in the modern day?



  • djblack1313

    this is definitely worth an OMFG!!!! Holy Crap! if he really IS directing this i am SO in. DRIVE is an amazing movie!

  • djblack1313

    oops, i just read he’s only producing it. i’m less excited. just because someone produces, it’s still the director who can fuck it up.

    • EvanDickson

      Yeah but the producer can definitely guide the director.

  • FleshofCaligula

    Ya this is a huge OMFG now get ryan gosling for the role 🙂 that will surly put me in glee

  • Nothing333

    The original never did it for me. It was just kinda lame. With NWR directing we might get a great film.

    • EvanDickson

      Right now he’s a producer, not a director. Could change, not sure.

      • Nothing333

        Should have read more carefully. But it’s still good news.

  • AnchorBayRules

    Not one for remakes, But if Nicolas Winding Refn were to direct this film i think it would be pretty damn awesome! I’m a huge fan of the original three films….It would be cool to see an updated version of the film. I read an interview with Larry Cohen, And he said he was very excited about Nicolas being part of the project and that NWR had been talking with Cohen & Lustig for sometime now about the project. And how Larry was excited to get back into the world of horror. William Lustig also commented saying “The project isn’t 100% signed off on but its pretty close!” I am very excited 😀

  • BabyJaneHudson

    Exciting that he’s a part of it. I wonder, though, what they would do for a prequel – they could do a gritty framed cop for half and then he’s transformation, which cold be dark and cool if they take it seriously.

  • bambi_lives8980

    Drive was terrible, I hate to say it because so many people think it’s so great and everything. And for those who say people who didn’t like it “don’t get it” that’s simply not the case here. Drive was just terrible. Even the people I watched it with who have no good taste in movies and generally like everything I dislike wanted to turn the movie off and go get coffee or something more interesting. Not to mention that there’s no reason to remake Maniac Cop unless MAYBE William Lustig is directing with a bigger budget to expand on the original. Just had to throw that out there.

  • bambi_lives8980

    I can’t see where the edit button is, and I hate to post again, but to clear this up I didn’t read that it was a prequel the first time, not a remake. That’s at least pretty intersting. Someone also said Lustig is involved in some way so I guess that means he’ll have some say-so in the matter which is good.. Also Larry Cohen is awesome so that’s promising. But my point remains, Drive was terrible and I’m not excited about the person who made that crap-fest being anywhere close to one of my favorites, but maybe this will surprise me who knows..

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