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It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about the planned remake of William Lustig’s cult slasher Maniac Cop, but now Variety is reporting that the project is officially moving forward, with financing secured and principal photography set to take place in Los Angeles this summer.
Maniac Cop is being directed by John Hyams (Universal Soldier: Regeneration) from a script by Ed Brubaker (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), while Nicolas Winding Refn (The Neon Demon) is producing. Original director Lustig is also on board as a creative producer.
The new film is set in the present and follows a determined female L.A. police officer who sets out to reveal the truth about the brutal murders of innocent people by one of her fellow cops. Unlike the original horror, the remake is being described as “a contemporary and realistic action thriller.”
Released in 1988, the original Maniac Cop »
- Gary Collinson
Black Water: Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren will star in Black Water. The two action stars previously appeared together in Universal Soldier, Universal Soldier: Regeneration (above) and The Expendables 2, among others. The upcoming action thriller revolves around "a deep cover operative (Van Damme) who awakens to find himself imprisoned in a CIA black site on a submarine." [THR] Game Night: Jason Bateman (Office Christmas Party, above) was touted to star in and produce the ensemble comedy Game Night back in 2013. Now Bateman has formalized his commitment and Rachel McAdams (Spotlight, above) has been recruited to star opposite him. Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley (Vacation) wrote the latest draft of the screenplay...
- Peter Martin
Even if they don’t hold the same clout as, say, Stallone and Schwarzenegger, Van Damme and Lundgren are two names that are often revered in Hollywood’s action scene, and over the years fans have lapped up their on-screen battles in the likes of Universal Soldier and its widely derided sequel, Universal Soldier: Regeneration.
But it appears Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren are ready to let bygones by bygones, for The Hollywood Reporter brings word that the duo has been cast in Black Water, a new action-thriller in which they’ll play on-screen allies for the very first time. No director is attached just yet, but THR reveals that the script by Chad Law revolves around a “deep cover operative (Van Damme) who awakens to find himself imprisoned in a CIA black site on a submarine.” Little is known about Lundgren’s involvement, but we assume his character »
- Michael Briers
Black Water will mark the first time that Van-Damme and Lundgren have appeared together as allies, having found themselves as enemies in their previous collaborations Universal Soldier, Universal Soldier: Regeneration, Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning and The Expendables 2. »
- Gary Collinson
Tony Sokol Jan 5, 2017
Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren will be on the same side for the first time in their action filled careers, with the two almost-iconic action stars will co-star in the upcoming action thriller Black Water. The screenplay was written by Chad Law and the search is on for a director to steer the project.
In it, Van Damme will play a deep-cover agent in deep waters: he's being held in a prison that the CIA runs on, of all places, a submarine. There's no word on Lundgren’s character, but we assume he'll be able to tread water.
Van Damme and Lundgren have, of course, appeared on screen together before, »
5 items from 2017
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