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Larry Cohen Says Nicolas Refn’s ‘Maniac Cop’ Remake Could be Dead

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It’s been a couple of months since we last heard anything new regarding the modern day remake of director William Lustig’s 1988 cult horror classic Mania Cop. Last we heard, the film was set to begin shooting this summer in Los Angeles, produced by Nicolas Winding Refn and Lene Børglum, with Wild Bunch handling world sales. Now, according to Birth Movies Death, the project could be laid to rest. Original writer Larry Cohen revealed the news himself.

As far as I know, that’s not happening anymore, and if it is, they might be trying to keep it a secret, as they’d owe me $250,000…

Cohen went on to elaborate, while talking about Brubaker script:

Ed Brubaker wrote the script, and I’ve read the script, and it’s not very good. Ed Brubaker is a very good writer of comic books, I think. But if he’s written a good script for a movie, I haven’t read it.

Cohen also stated that he did some revision work on Brubaker’s draft, indulging a little ego along the way:

I wrote six new scenes for the picture, based on what I’d read. And, had I written the whole script, the movie would probably be happening, as the script would be good. I wrote three films for Bill Lustig, though they changed a lot of [Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence] and Bill got fired from it…and I would’ve written the fourth movie, had they asked. But they didn’t, and now it’s not getting made.

Cohen also commented on Brubaker’s draft, which he clearly hated:

…it’s a lot like that Bob Hoskins movie [Neil Jordan’s Mona Lisa (’86)], where he’s driving prostitutes around and then waiting out in the car while they do their business in hotels with the Johns. It’s a direct lift from that, and then turns into a new Maniac Cop…

Furthermore, Cohen says that, despite his misgivings with Brubaker’s draft, the majority of the blame sits at Nic Refn’s feet:

…as far as I know, he was the one trying to get the money raised to make the picture, and he didn’t get it, so now it’s not happening. If it is, I would like to be paid, or I’m going to call my lawyer, and it’s getting shut down.

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