Refn’s “Maniac Cop” Remake Is Happening

Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn (“Drive,” “The Neon Demon”) has finally been given the green light to move forward on his long in the works remake of cult 1988 exploitation classic “Maniac Cop”.

Variety reports that Merlin Funds will be financing the film which will shoot this summer in Los Angeles with Wild Bunch on board to handle world sales. John Hyams will helm the film which Refn and the original film’s director Bill Lustig will produce.

Refn and Ed Brubaker (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”) wrote the script for the remake based on Larry Cohen’s original which starred Robert Z’Dar. The new take shifts the action to contemporary Los Angeles with a female cop trying to find out why innocent people are being murdered at the meathooks of one her own.