An adaptation of 1988’s cult classic Maniac Cop has been greenlit, with Nicolas Winding Refn and his partner Lene Børglum to produce, Variety reports.
Maniac Cop was written by Ed Brubaker in collaboration with Refn, and will be directed by John Hyams. Maniac Cop is set in the present day and follows a determined L.A. police officer who sets out to reveal the truth about the brutal murders of innocent people by one of her fellow cops.
Børglum told Variety that Maniac Cop will not be a pure horror film but rather a contemporary and realistic action thriller. Børglum said that the long-gestating project took several years to get off the ground because it took some time to secure the film rights, find the right director and partners, and get the financing in place. Christopher Woodrow’s Vendian Entertainment was previously involved in the film.
Nicolas Winding Refn is creatively involved in the film, but Maniac Cop will showcase Hyams’ directing style.
Casting is underway and the film will shoot this summer in Los Angeles.