(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
The Movie: Maniac Cop, Maniac Cop 2, Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence
Where You Can Stream It: Shudder
The Pitch: An undead cop rises up from the grave and starts murdering people in New York City, sending the Big Apple into panic.
Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: We’re currently in a long-overdue era that’s having to reckon with the unchecked power of the police, but Maniac Cop, released in 1988, knew the score. It knew the horror that could arise from the imagery of what would happen when someone we’re meant to believe is there to serve and protect did anything but.
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Nicolas Winding Refn has been talking about a potential Maniac Cop remake for several years now, and while the idea was originally conceived as a movie, it has now evolved into something else: a TV show. HBO has given a green light to a Maniac Cop TV series from Refn and John Hyams. Like the sleazy 1988 cult classic that inspired it, the Maniac Cop series will follow a killer police officer stalking the streets.
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In this edition of Sequel Bits:
- Daniel Craig is rumored to want Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve to direct James Bond 25
- Escape Plan 3: Devil’s Station adds a new cast member
- The Equalizer 2‘s release date has been bumped up
- Casting has begun on Blumhouse’s The Purge: The Island prequel
- WB’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel recruits an evil henchman
- And more!
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Posted on Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 by Angie Han
Nicolas Winding Refn‘s Maniac Cop remake is taking its sweet time coming together, but rest assured it hasn’t fallen by the wayside completely. Last year we learned Ed Brubaker had written the script, and today comes news that John Hyams will direct. More about the Maniac Cop remake director after the jump. Read More »
I keep forgetting that Nicolas Winding Refn is producing a remake of Maniac Cop. He’s got the film’s original director, William Lustig, working with him as producer, and that’s a pretty good combination. This new Maniac Cop will likely be rather different from Lustig’s original exploitation effort, which starred the incomparable Robert Z’Dar as the title character, and featured Bruce Campbell and Tom Atkins. (What a cast!)
Now we know one other detail which should elevate your interest: Ed Brubaker, the comics writer who created the Winter Soldier storyline and whose Criminal series is one of the best comics runs of the last decade, has scripted the film. Read More »
The films of William Lustig are crude exploitation, but they’re strange and entertaining enough to find new groups of fans every few years. Maniac, for example is a chilly ride, and a film that is currently being remade with Elijah Wood as the unlikely but compelling choice for the title character. Vigilante is a Death Wish– and poliziotteschi-influenced urban crime movie with a cartoonish tone balanced by Robert Forster.
Then there are the Maniac Cop films: a bizarro trilogy of increasingly silly tales centered on killings perpetrated by a vengeful/evil/supernatural police officer.
The original film starred genre stalwarts Tom Atkins, Bruce Campbell, Richard Roundtree, and the massive-jawed Robert Z’Dar as the title character. Writer Larry Cohen (also a schlock master, thanks to films like Q, God Told Me To, and It’s Alive!) and Lustig have been working to produce a new Maniac Cop film.
And now they’ve got company. Nicholas Winding Refn (Drive, Pusher, Bronson) is on board to produce the movie that will be a prequel of sorts to Lustig’s original 1988 picture. Read More »