Maniac Cop Remake Moving Forward

2014/05/06 16:35:05 +00:00 | Derek Anderson

"You have the right to remain silent...forever!" was the tagline of 1988's Maniac Cop, which starred horror genre favorites Bruce Campbell and Tom Atkins. In director William Lustig's horror-crime flick, even the most law-abiding citizen wasn't safe from being targeted by a New York City serial killer in a police officer's uniform.  Now a new cop-themed tagline may be on the horizon for Maniac Cop fans, as the remake of Lustig's film looks to be picking up steam.

According to ScreenDaily, Ed Brubaker (who worked on the Captain America and Fatale comic book series) has written the script for the Maniac Cop remake. Picked up by the production company Wild Bunch, the remake already has two recognizable producers, and a director will be announced:

"The production is spearheaded by Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn, who is producing alongside William Lustig, director of the original, and Wild Bunch. The director will be announced in Cannes."

For those not familiar with Maniac Cop, here's the synopsis of the original:

"Innocent people are brutally killed on the streets of New York by a uniformed police officer. A young cop, Jack Forrest (Bruce Campbell, TV’s BURN NOTICE and the EVIL DEAD trilogy), finds himself marked as the chief suspect after his wife is murdered. As Lieutenant Frank McCrae (Tom Atkins, DRIVE ANGRY and LETHAL WEAPON) investigates, the death toll rises and he suspects a mysterious police cover-up. This “maniac” cop must be stopped, but it might not be so easy. He seems inhuman, and ready to take on the entire police force, hell-bent on revenge!"

Source: ScreenDaily
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    Raised on a steady diet of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books and Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Derek has been fascinated with fear since he first saw ForeverWare being used on an episode of Eerie, Indiana.

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