Deadline reports that Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, Too Old To Die Young, Neon Demon) and John Hyams will be bringing a Maniac Cop series to HBO in the United States and Canal+ in France.
The series is loosely based on the 1988 cult horror film and has been given the greenlight.
Maniac Cop, a TV series reimagining of the cult classic film franchise from Nicolas Winding Refn and John Hyams (Universal Soldier: Regeneration), has been greenlighted by HBO, which will carry the event series in North America, and by Canal+, which has taken French rights
Set in Los Angeles, Maniac Cop is told through a kaleidoscope of characters, from cop to common criminal. A killer in uniform has uncaged mayhem upon the streets. Paranoia leads to social disorder as a city wrestles with the mystery of the exterminator in blue – is he mere mortal, or a supernatural force?
Maniac Cop has been a passion project for Nicolas and was originally going to be a feature film before turning into a show instead.
Refn will act as showrunner with himself and John directing the entire series.
Robert D’Zar played the Maniac Cop in the original film and the two sequels.
Cult horror character actors Tom Atkins (The Fog, Creepshow, Night of Creeps, Halloween III: Season of The Witch) with Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, Evil Dead II, Army of Darkness) also starred with the latter carrying over to the second film.
I’ll keep my fingers crossed that Bruce Campbell is asked to get involved for a role.
When Maniac Cop will begin airing on HBO remains to be seen.