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Written by John Squires

It was announced a few years back that Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) was going to be directing a remake of 1988 slasher film Maniac Cop, though it wasn’t long before all talks about that exciting project dried up. The talks resume this week, as a new director has been hand-picked by Refn.

As reported by Twitch Film, Refn made the announcement today at Fantastic Fest that John Hyams (Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning, Syfy’s Z Nation) will soon be bringing the vengeful Matt Cordell back to the screen, which was just confirmed over on Twitter by Hyams himself.

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Yes, it’s true,” said the director. “A rare and incredible opportunity to work with one of my favorite filmmakers. Beyond excited.”

Refn will be producing the remake.

In Maniac Cop, innocent people are being brutally murdered on the streets of New York City by a uniformed police officer. As the death toll rises and City Hall attempts a cover-up, Frank McCrae heads the investigation. A young cop, Jack Forrest, finds himself under arrest as the chief suspect, having been the victim of a set-up by the real killer and a mysterious woman phone-caller. Forrest, his girlfriend Theresa, and McCrae set out to solve the puzzle before the Maniac Cop can strike again.