Darren Aronofsky Takes on George Washington, 'Drive' Director Plans 'Maniac Cop' Prequel

As if directing his upcoming dream project known publicly known as Noah wasn't enough historical re-imagining, Darren Aronofsky has teamed up with Paramount Pictures for an Unforgiven-like take on George Washington.

Titled The General, Aronofsky will produce and direct. Variety reports that the director is also currently eyeing The Weinstein Company's Judy Garland biopic which has Anne Hathaway attached to play Garland.

Unforgiven was the Oscar-nominated Clint Eastwood classic from 1992, co-starring Morgan Freeman and Gene Hackman about a retired gunslinger who reluctantly takes one last job to help and old friend and a young man. So does this mean we'll see George helping Thomas Jefferson or John Adams with one last gig?

Plot details are being kept under wraps, but Washington wouldn't be the first president to undergo a movie re-imagining. Later this summer, Benjamin Walker will star as Abraham Lincoln in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter which re-envisions the 16th president as a vampire slaying hero.

Are you interested in seeing what Aronofsky can do with this new take on George Washington?


Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn has definitely catapulted toward the top of the directing hierarchy in the past year. Before his Ryan Gosling led cult hit Drive, Refn's biggest claims to fame were indie hits Valhalla Rising and Bronson. Now, the Danish director is set to produce a prequel to cult horror film Maniac Cop.

The original 1988 film starred Robert Z'Dar in the title role as a man who dresses up in a cop's uniform and randomly begins killing people. It's up to a detective (Tom Atkins) and a young cop (Bruce Campbell) to put an end to the reign of terror. The film did spawn a sequel in 1990 and a third film in 1993.

Refn already has a full plate of projects. He's currently working on Only God Forgives starring Gosling and from there he'll begin working on a thriller, I Walk with the Dead, and the Logan's Run remake.

Were you a fan of the Maniac Cop trilogy? Would you be interested in watching a prequel?

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