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Nicolas Winding Refn to produce ‘Maniac Cop’ series at HBO

Nicolas Winding Refn has dedicated to films during his career, directing masterpieces such as ‘Drive’, ‘Valhalla Rising’ and ‘The Neon Demon,’ but recently created and directed “Too Old to Die Young”, an Amazon Prime Video series.

Now, he is set to be the showrunner and director of ‘Maniac Cop’ alongside John Hyams.

Set in Los Angeles, “Maniac Cop” tells the story “through a kaleidoscope of characters, from cop to regular criminal,” said HBO in a press release. “A killer in uniform has uncaged mayhem upon the streets. Paranoia leads to social disorder as a city wrestles with the mystery of the exterminator in blue. Is he a mere mortal, or a supernatural force?”

This new series is an adaptation of the cult film franchise “Maniac Cop. About it, Winding Refn said:

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Kristina Bumphrey/StarPix/REX/Shutterstock (5735930at)
Nicolas Winding Refn (Director)
New York Special Red Carpet Screening of ‘THE NEON DEMON’, New York, USA – 22 Jun 2016

“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 through 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.”

“I’ve always been a devoted admirer of John Hyams,” stated Refn. Both of them will executive produce with Nick Hall, Lene Borglum, Frederic Fiore, Alex Gayner, Efe Cakarel, and William Lustig.

Also, Hyams stands out for his previous directing work with many crime or action forays such as “Universal Soldier: Regeneration,” “Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning,” and “All Square.” And also his writing and directing episodes of “Z Nation”, “Black Summer” “NYPD Blue,” “The Originals,” and “Chicago Fire.” Production will begin in LA next spring.

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