John H. Lee to Remake John Woo’s The Killer

The Killer (1989) Movie PosterWhy, John Woo, why? Why would you allow someone to remake what is, quite possibly, the best movie of your career? Say it ain’t so, John! Sigh. Yes, it’s so. John Woo and producer bud Terence Chang will be producing an American remake of Woo’s classic 1989 film “The Killer”, about a Hong Kong hitman who blinds a club singer during a contract killing, and spends the remainder of the movie trying to make enough money to restore her sight, even as he’s pursued by a persistent cop and a psychopathic ex-client who wants him dead. Korean-American director John H. Lee, best known for 2004’s Korean sappy melodrama “A Moment to Remember”, will direct the remake, make the lead a Korean man, and set the film around Los Angeles.

More from The Hollywood Reporter:

Director Lee told The Hollywood Reporter that he’s excited about working on the remake of one of his “favorite films of all time.”

“I ask myself why they chose me and whether I can top it,” Lee said from Seoul on Monday. “But then I realize it’s not about making it better. It’s about making my own version. My strength is dealing with human emotions, austerity and elegance.”

The most disturbing aspect of this is that John Woo obviously okay the remake, since Chang is producing it, and when Chang is involved, John Woo is involved. Why, John, why??? It’s not like this is one of those movies that could be improved with today’s special effects. The original was a perfect movie; there IS no room for improvement.

Chow Yun Fat and Daniel Lee in The Killer (1989) Movie Image