Maniac Cop is coming to the small screen in a reboot series by Nicolas Winding Refn (The Neon Demon) and John Hyams (Universal Soldier: Regeneration). Refn will serve as showrunner on the series and both he and Hyams will direct.
According to Deadline, the series received the greenlight from HBO who will broadcast the series in the US with Clear+ picking up the rights to show in France.
Refn initially announced the project as a film a couple of years ago at the Cannes Film Festival. Plans fell through for that film, and Refn began looking at other possibilities, eventually deciding to expand it into a series.
“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,” Refn said in a statement. “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.”
William Lustig’s Maniac Cop debuted in 1988 and told the story of a killer dressed as a cop roaming the streets of New York City brutally killing innocent people. The film which starred Tom Atkins (Halloween III: Season of the Witch) and Bruce Campbell (The Evil Dead franchise) launched its own franchise spawning two sequels and becoming a cult favorite.
There are no details as of yet about casting or a release date for the series, but iHorror will keep you posted as they become available.