HBO has given the greenlight to a TV series reboot of the 80s/90s cult horror franchise Maniac Cop, about a killer ex-police officer who returns from the dead, seeking revenge on the people who wronged him.As Deadline reports, Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn is executive producing the project along with John Hyams (Z Nation, Black Summer) as part of Nefn’s new byNWR Originals studio.

Refn’s desire to revamp and remake Maniac Cop has been a passion project of his for a while, originally intending, back in 2016, for it to be new movie trilogy (to be directed by Hyams).“I’ve always been a devoted admirer of John Hyams,” said Refn in a press release. “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 act as showrunner while he and Hyams will share directing duties.

1988’s Maniac Cop starred Evil Dead’s Bruce Campbell, Tom Atkins, and Shaft’s Richard Roundtree. It was followed by 1990’s Maniac Cop 2 and 1993’s Maniac Cop III: Badge of Silence.

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