Yes, you read that right. HBO is apparently developing a MANIAC COP television series and has officially green lit the project.
According to Deadline, Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) and John Hyams (Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning) have been working on a fresh vision of William Lustig’s Maniac Cop for a some time, and the series will be presented as a television series. We're really looking forward to this adaptation! Here's what we know so far. "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?” “I’ve always been a devoted admirer of John Hyams,” said Refn. “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 though 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.” William Lustig will also executive produce the byNWR Originals series. Refn and Hyams will also executive produce and direct, with Refn serving as show-runner.