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Nicolas Winding Refn bringing us a Maniac Cop series on HBO

October 13th, 2019 by Marc Comments

In a move that no-one saw coming, Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn and Universal Soldier: Regeneration’s John Hyams are to bring us a Maniac Cop series on HBO.

It will be the first production by Refn ‘s NWR Originals.

The original 1988 cult movie from William Lustig was”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?”

Refn had originally planned to make Maniac Cop movie but has settled for the small screen – where all the exciting projects seem to live these days, huh?

“I’ve always been a devoted admirer of John Hyams,” said Refn.

“We’ve been talking about a re-imagining of the Maniac Cop films for a number of years, but as we continued to work on the material, we found ourselves wanting to explore the world we were creating in greater depth. Turning Maniac Cop into a series will allow us to realize our wildest ambitions and to reach an enormous audience though partners HBO and Canal+. This show will be an unadulterated, action-packed horror odyssey. Given the current state of the world, though, Maniac Cop will also be a strong commentary on the decline of civilization”.

Refn will serve as showrunner and will direct the first season along with Hyams.

Source: Deadline

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….