If you haven’t seen the cheesy 80s’ masterpiece that is Maniac Cop, then you’re really missing out. If you have, you know why it’s retained a cult following after all of these years. And soon, we’ll have another installment, but this time as a TV series.
Deadline reports that Nicolas Winding Refn, whose name I will never spell correctly on first try, is bringing the series to HBO.
Here’s the plot:
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?
Refn, who will direct, says:
“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”.
HBO will be handling the release of the show in North America, and Canal+ will air it in France.
The show is the first project from NWR Originals, Refn’s own independent studio.