Several years ago, it was announced that a Maniac Cop remake was in the works, but there’s been no update in a long time. Recently during an interview with The Movie Crypt, John Hyams (Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning) who is set to direct the film gave an update.
It will be a completely different thing tonally,” Hyams told the show. “I think that’s why I was hired. I think the reason why Nick was interested in me was because he saw what I had done with Universal Soldier, in the sense that I took it and made it my own and went completely off the reservation with it. Nick Refn loves exploitation cinema as much as the next guy, but he also is not interested in paying homage to things. He loves Maniac Cop, he loves the idea of it, he loves everything it represents, but he has no intention of making a tribute story.”
We’ve spent the last several years now developing this thing and… what we’re trying to do is make something that we’re taking the ideas of Maniac Cop and exploring them in a deep way,” Hyams continued. “Our hope is that this is something that people who are fans of the original will find great pleasure in what we’re doing, because if you’re into genre storytelling you’re going to be into it, but I also think we’re telling a story about something bigger than that, which is really the breakdown of society.… It’s a big story that needed a larger canvas.”
The new version, which will be on a larger scale, was written by Ed Brubaker (Captain America: The Winter Soldier). Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) will be producing.
In the original 1988 movie that spawned two sequels, a killer dressed in a police uniform begins murdering innocent people on the streets of New York City. which is very different from the new version which is set in the present 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.
We’ll keep you posted. In the meantime check out the original Maniac Cop trailer.