It feels like Maniac has been rolling around the Hollywood remake mill for years now, but it finally has its maniac: Elijah Wood. Best known as the furry-footed Frodo in the Lord of the Rings movies, Maniac casts Wood as a serial killer with mommy issues, in a role originally held by Joe Spinell. Joining him in the cast will be Nora Arnezeder (Safe House) as Anna, the role originally played by Caroline Munro.
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Directed by Franck Khalfoun (P2), Maniac is a remake of William Lustig's exploitation classic from 1980. The film was reviled by critics like Gene Siskel, and made it onto Britain's "Video Nasties" list. Now it is being remade with a popular actor best known for family-friendly roles. Go figure.
Maniac is scheduled to start filming by the end of the year. Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes) is producing.