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Nicolas Winding Refn is working on a Maniac Cop series for HBO

Nicolas Winding Refn and John Hyams are working on a new TV show based on the Maniac Cop movie and its sequel. According to Deadline, HBO has given it the go-ahead and Canal+ has French rights.

Set in Los Angeles, Maniac Cop is told through a kaleidoscope of characters, from cop to common criminal. 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 mere mortal, or a supernatural force?

Refn had this to say about the project:

I’ve always been a devoted admirer of John Hyams.

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.

Refn will serve as showrunner with both Refn and Hyams directing the entire season. In addition to Refn and Hyams, executive producers are Nick Hall, Lene Borglum, Frederic Fiore, Alex Gayner, Efe Cakarel and William Lustig.

The series makes the first production for byNWR Originals, ab independent studio launched by Refn as an offshoot of his Web site.

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