It’s been quite sometime since we heard any news on the remake of William Lustig’s cult 1980′s exploitation classic MANIAC COP. The film’s original screenwriter Larry Cohen and Lustig are co-producing the film, alongside DRIVE and BRONSON director Nicolas Winding-Refn (who is not only a huge fan of the film, but also the genre), and we’re finally seeing the project coming together.
The original film, starring cult favourites Bruce Campbell, Tom Atkins and Robert D’ Zar, told the tragic story of decorated Officer Matt Cordell, a disfigured New York cop who ventures on a murderous rampage throughout the iconic city’s sleazy streets following a horrific betrayal. It also spawned two guilty pleasure sequels.
Now with Cannes promotion underway and deals being thrashed out before the major event, a director is expected to be named in the next few days. Comic book legend Ed Brubaker, who wrote the iconic and recently adapted Captain America: The Winter Soldier arc, has signed on to write the script. We’ll keep you posted on the director as soon as it’s been confirmed.
Source: Screen Daily