It looks like the cameras may finally start rolling on the remake of William Lustig's 1988 horror crime flick, Maniac Cop, as director John Hyams is pencilling in a spring shoot for the new take.
According to Variety, Hyams plans to film the Maniac Cop remake in New York City from a script by Ed Brubaker (Angel of Death).
On board as a producer, Lustig is involved with the remake, along with Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, The Neon Demon), who is also producing. Here's what Hyams told Variety about the remake's script:
"The script is able to re-invent the original with the same mythology. We had thought about shooting in the fall, but we decided on the spring to give ourselves enough time to get the best cast and crew."
Maniac Cop starred horror genre favorites Bruce Campbell and Tom Atkins as New York City police officers on the hunt of a seemingly supernatural cop who kills the innocent. The film was followed by the cult favorite Maniac Cop 2 (1990) and Maniac Cop III: Badge of Silence (1993).
Writer/director Hyams is no stranger to the horror, action, and crime genres, having directed nine episodes of Z Nation, four episodes of NYPD Blue, and two Universal Soldier movies: 2009's Regeneration and 2012's Day of Reckoning. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates on the Maniac Cop remake. For those unfamiliar with the original, we have its trailer below.