Maniac Cop Remake Hires A Writer

By Drax Largo on May 6th, 2014

Although a remake of Maniac Cop has been on the drawing board for some time now (with Nicolas Winding Refn attached as producer no less) movement on the project has been slow to say the least. That changes today now that the producers have hired Ed Brubaker to pen the script (yes, the comic superstar who penned Captain America: The Winter Soldier before it was a movie!).

Normally word of another remake does nothing to get my blood pumping, but with talents like Refn and Brubaker tackling this I have to admit I’m more than slightly curious about what might transpire. It will either be utterly brilliant, or a total letdown.

The 1988 original Maniac Cop was directed by William Lustig from a screenplay by Larry Cohen. It followed the exploits of a mental case dressed in a police officer’s uniform who goes on killing rampage in New York City.

In addition to Refn, Lustig is also on board as a producer (meaning he’s probably being given a check to shut the fuck up and stay out of the way).

French production/sales company Wild Bunch will be selling the movie at the Cannes Film Festival, where the director will be revealed. No word yet on who will play killer cop Matt Cordell, originally portrayed by Robert Z’Dar in the original. I’m willing to bet Z’Dar and co-stars Bruce Campbell and Tom Atkins will also be MIA from this redux.