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    EXCL: Nicolas Winding Refn gives an update on “MANIAC COP”

    Nicolas Winding Refn, the stylish maniac behind the PUSHER movies, BRONSON and this week’s nightmarish ONLY GOD FORGIVES, is something of a hardened genre fan. Already evident in the likes of his heightened, violent films and nods like Riz Ortolani’s “Oh My Love” (from GOODBYE UNCLE TOM) on the DRIVE Soundtrack, last year brought word he had teamed with William Lustig to produce a new film in the beloved, cult MANIAC COP series.

    Already the product of a great horror team-up, the original three MANIAC COP films were directed by Lustig (VIGILANTE, MANIAC) and written and produced by Larry Cohen (IT’S ALIVE, Q). Now, Refn and Lustig are looking to resurrect the killer cop tale and while speaking to FANGORIA about ONLY GOD FORGIVES, he explains, “We’re working on it as we speak. I’ve been a little bit delayed because of finishing this film and travelling around. It’s something that we’re very much prioritizing now that I’m coming to the end of this film. It opens up a whole new breathing space to concentrate on future projects.”

    “I’m a huge lover of pop cinema and it was basically my relationship with Bill Lustig that led to rethinking the MANIAC COP franchise. He owns it and we basically partnered up on it to give it a spin. I’ve always loved the original films, so it was a way to revisit part of my past, but also it’s one of the few franchises that has not outstayed their welcome.”

    Helming the film himself does not sound the in the cards however. “I wouldn’t be the right person to direct it purely because I have such an admiration for the original,” Refn says. “So, Bill’s film is still so fresh in my mind that I wouldn’t be the right… I mean, I’ve been approached for other remakes of other genre movies and I’ve always declined. I’m too old, because they are a part of my identity. So, to get someone that is younger—meaning somebody that maybe doesn’t have the same sensibilities connected to it—somebody who can re-envision it from their perspective.”

    Keep an eye on Fango for the full interview later this week. ONLY GOD FORGIVES is out Friday, July 19.

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    [SDCC '13] Is something “PREDATOR”-related being announced?

    It’s been three years since PREDATORS, the fun, if minor, third film in the saga of the titular hunter alien race. The film’s official Facebook has lit up with activity however, and it’s not just more behind-the-scenes shots and birthday shout outs to the cast. Instead, a thermal, aerial view of San Diego and ominous promise of “There’s Something Out There Waiting For Us…”

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    [SDCC '13] “THE WALKING DEAD” poster, new Season Four zombie revealed

    In just a few days they descend, zombies and press and fans alike, on San Diego. Comic-Con is about rear its head and as per usual, THE WALKING DEAD will be one of its biggest draws. In anticipation, AMC has released comics artist Alex Ross’ poster for the convention as well as a our first look at walker from Season Four.

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    Elijah Wood, Alison Pill & more fend off Leigh Whannell’s “COOTIES”

    An Elijah Wood-starring and produced killer kid movie gets underway this month with a stellar, funny cast. Based in elementary school and the make believe disease we’ve all taken make believe shots for, COOTIES sees an epidemic originating from an infected chicken nugget turn elementary school students into rampaging savages. 

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    Jim Mickle’s “WE ARE WHAT WE ARE” remake out this September

    Jim Mickle, of STAKE LAND and MULBERRY ST, has refashioned Jorge Michel Grau’s Spanish language cannibal drama WE ARE WHAT WE ARE into something rare these days: a fantastic remake. Transporting the action to upstate New York and exploring a different thematic through line, the film is poised to be one of the best horror movies of the year and you can see it officially this September.

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    Trailer: Spike Lee’s revenge remake, “OLDBOY”

    What does an American OLDBOY look like? It’s a question we’ve asked since the development of an English-language remake of Park Chan-wook’s stunning thriller began years ago. There’s any number of answers depending on any number of filmmakers, but the one we’ve got is Spike Lee’s. An American great with the predilection to push, Lee looks to have crafted something both stylish and pulpy, yet familiar thanks to the presence of iconic images and scenarios from the South Korean original. Will it be as powerful and thrilling? Can it?

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