Nicolas Winding Refn confirms unlikely Maniac Cop remake
If you were among those of us who said "What in the fucking fuck?" when you heard that vaguely arty and ridiculously monikered filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn had teamed with dirtbag sleaze auteur William Lustig to remake Maniac Cop—well, it's still happening.
In an update posted at Fangoria.com, Refn says a new version of Lustig's fine 1988 slasher—in which the great Robert Z'dar plays an undead cop who goes around being a total fucking maniac—is "something that we’re very much prioritizing now that I’m coming to the end of this film."
The film he's referring to when Refn say "this film" is Only God Forgives, the ultraviolent (but arty) epic starring Ryan Gosling that the Danish director unveiled to howls of disapproval at Cannes this year—meaning that it's probably great. You can catch Only God Forgives when it opens at the Rio Theatre, on Friday (July 19).
William Lustig is probably best known for the utterly vile Maniac (1980), although he began his career with gentler '70s fare such as The Violation of Claudia.