Director of Ryan Gosling’s Drive movie Nicolas Winding Refn and director of the two great Universal Soldier sequels (Regeneration and Day of Reckoning) John Hyams are developing a new take on William Lustig’s Maniac Cop story and Deadline have scooped that this will be in the form of an event television series and HBO that has given the series a green light!
Refn, Lustig and Hyams will executive produce and direct, with Refn serving as show-runner.
“Set in Los Angeles, Maniac Cop is told through a kaleidoscope of characters, from cop to common criminal. A killer in uniform has uncaged mayhem upon the streets. Paranoia leads to social disorder as a city wrestles with the mystery of the exterminator in blue – is he mere mortal, or a supernatural force?”
“I’ve always been a devoted admirer of John Hyams,” said Refn. “We’ve been talking about a re-imagining of the Maniac Cop films for a number of years, but as we continued to work on the material, we found ourselves wanting to explore the world we were creating in greater depth. Turning Maniac Cop into a series will allow us to realize our wildest ambitions and to reach an enormous audience though partners HBO and Canal+. This show will be an unadulterated, action-packed horror odyssey. Given the current state of the world, though, Maniac Cop will also be a strong commentary on the decline of civilization.”
No word or involvement from the original series epic cast of Bruce Campbell, Robert Davi, Laurene Kandon, Claudia Christian and Leo Rossi. We have lost many over the years including the Maniac Cop himself Matt Cordell, Robert Z’Dar alongside Tom Atkins, Charles Napier, Paul Gleason and most recently Robert Forster.
The Maniac Cop series might sound like sleazy, low rent slasher rubbish, but it’s actually a severely underrated series of action horror with some incredible stunt work and unexpected plot, character and storyline developments. A trilogy worth checking out… first two are extremely recommended.