MANIAC remake: A few weeks ago, director/DVD distributor William Lustig revealed that he and screenwriter Larry (IT’S ALIVE) Cohen were cooking up a fourth installment of their MANIAC COP series. Well, on Fangoria Radio last Friday, Lustig confirmed that - surprise! - MANIAC, his notorious first genre effort, would likely undergo the remake treatment in the near future.
“The MANIAC remake keeps threatening to happen,” Lustig told us. “I’ve been talking [with various parties] for nine months to untangle the rights. I think it will happen.” Companies in the U.S. and Europe have been vying to update his gory slasher hit starring Joe Spinell, though Lustig admits that the late actor, who also co-produced the 1981 film, is irreplaceable. “I can’t imagine anyone else in that role,” he said.
In the meantime, work is progressing on the latest chapter in the Officer Matt Cordell saga. “We’re going to reinvent the series with MANIAC COP 4,” Lustig said, adding that original actor Robet Z’Dar will not be donning the blue uniform again. “We want to start fresh. We replowed the field already.” (thanks to Fangoria.com) Personally I find it sad that Lustig wants to remake his masterpiece horror film and do what everyone else is doing today. MANIAC is simply perfect the way it is.
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