Nicolas Winding Refn has gone from “foreign filmmaker” to “Hollywood player” in a really short amount of time – and his meteoric rise continues as he adds to his slate of upcoming projects. The Drive director is currently working on Only God Forgives (which reunites him with Drive star Ryan Gosling), then has I Walk with the Dead and the Logan’s Run remake in the works.
Refn has apparently decided that he’s not quite busy enough, though – and he’s preparing to fill another slot on his ever-growing docket by taking a producer’s position on a planned prequel to the cult horror film Maniac Cop.
The original 1998 film was the brainchild of William Lustig and Larry Cohen, and featured Robert Z’Dar as Officer Matt Cordell in the title role. As Z’Dar slashes his way through the city, it’s up to a detective (the always awesome Tom Atkins) and a young cop (the equally beloved Bruce Campbell) to end Cordell’s reign of terror.
The film was a big enough hit with horror fans to spawn two sequels – and now Lustig and Cohen hope to team with Refn to craft a prequel.
Lustig says “I am really excited to come back to this world especially since Nic is going to be a part of it. Nic has been talking to us about it for a while now and I had an idea that would work so we’re going to do it.”
While the details of the deal haven’t been finalized yet, Lustig says that Refn and everyone involved are very close to signing off and making it 100% official. We’ll be keeping a close eye on this project as it develops and will share more details as they’re revealed. Until then, “you have the right to remain silent…forever.”