It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about the planned remake of William Lustig’s cult slasher Maniac Cop, but now Variety is reporting that the project is officially moving forward, with financing secured and principal photography set to take place in Los Angeles this summer.
Maniac Cop is being directed by John Hyams (Universal Soldier: Regeneration) from a script by Ed Brubaker (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), while Nicolas Winding Refn (The Neon Demon) is producing. Original director Lustig is also on board as a creative producer.
The new film is set in the present and follows a determined female L.A. police officer who sets out to reveal the truth about the brutal murders of innocent people by one of her fellow cops. Unlike the original horror, the remake is being described as “a contemporary and realistic action thriller.”
Released in 1988, the original Maniac Cop starred Bruce Campbell as a young police officer wrongfully accused of a string of murders by a uniformed police officer, who sets out to prove his innocence by tracking down the real killer (played by Robert Z’Dar), who has returned from the dead. The film spawned two sequels: Maniac Cop 2 in 1990 and Maniac Cop III: Badge of Silence in 1993.