Nicolas Winding Refn does what he wants. And it turns out what he wants is to join the team producing the Maniac Cop remake/prequel. He'll be joining the legendary Larry Cohen and William Lustig.
Talking to Daily Grindhouse, Cohen says:
“It’s going to be more a prequel than anything else, I am really excited to come back to this world especially since Nick is going to be a part of it... Nick (Winding Refn) has been talking to us about it for a while now and I had an idea that would work so we’re going to do it.”
The film isn't 100% ready to go, but bringing in a name like Refn certainly gets it closer. And could he direct? There is no director onboard yet, and he has finished up his latest movie, Only God Forgives. Maybe he could continue his Ryan Gosling run by having Gosling beef up and play the Maniac Cop. I mean, he would probably play the Bruce Campbell part, but I think it would be more fun seeing him fill Robert Zdar's shoes... and chin.