We’ve known for some time that Nicolas Winding Refn and John Hyams have been developing a new take on the old cop thriller/slasher movie franchise Maniac Cop for some time now, and now we’ve learned that the project will take the form of a TV series from HBO. Refn and Hyams will both 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. 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 realise 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.”
Sounds cracking, though I remember the movies very fondly too. Time for a re-watch and maybe some reviews in the near future I think….