Special thanks to B-Action Thread poster, Fat Elvis for bringing this to my attention.
I’ve been a big fan of the Maniac Cop franchise ever since I saw most of the second one late one night in a motel room when my parents and I were on a trip back when I was a kid. It wasn’t until years later that I got to see the first one, the second in its entirety, and the third one. It was really cool seeing Sanchez from Licence To Kill (one of my favorite movies of all time, and my favorite Bond film) playing a good guy in the latter 2 films.
Now there’s word from an interview conducted by Daily Grindhouse that Nicholas Winding Refn has hopped on board the new Maniac Cop film (it’s set to be a prequel) as a producer alongside franchise brains William Lustig and Larry Cohen.
It’s not a done deal just yet, but according to them it’s close, and with a guy like Refn on board it seems like a sure thing. I’d love to see Lusting direct again, but I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t want Refn to take a shot at the film if he’s given the opportunity.
The film is also going to sport a larger budget, and I hope they have a place in the film for the original Maniac Cop, Robert Z’Dar.