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John Woo’s “The Killer” has been on the Hollywood remake chopping block on and off for the last couple of years, but it’s never really gotten much steam. Directors have come and gone, but no one has stuck. That is, until now. The remake is actively in the pre-production stage, with none other than John Woo himself attached to produce.
To sum up the press release recently released by Essential Entertainment and Woo’s Lion Rock Productions (which he runs with longtime producing partner Terence Chang), South Korean director John H. Lee (“71: Into the Fire”) will direct Jung Woo-Sung (recently in the Woo-produced/co-directed “Reign of Assassins”) in the 3D (of course) remake of the movie. The film will be remade in English from a script by Josh Campbell.
Says Woo about producing the remake of his own Hong Kong classic:
While all my films are special to me, THE KILLER is truly one of my favorites. We are thrilled to reinvent it as an English-language film and know it’s in capable hands by the incredible visual style and tender emotion John H. Lee brings to all his films.
As to the film’s plot, it will be set in Los Angeles, and will essentially follow the plot of the original, with a hired killer trying to protect the beautiful singer who he accidentally blinded during one of his hits. Meanwhile, a persistent cop remains on his tail. The duo eventually team up to battle even more dangerous forces.
Chow Yun Fat played the killer in the 1989 original, with Danny Lee playing the cop.