John Woo Producing 3D Remake of ‘The Killer’

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The idea of remakes generally seems to irritate most serious movie fans. Remakes of older, classic films are (usually) annoying enough, but perhaps the worst remake sin Hollywood can commit is to remake a well-respected foreign language film in English.

However, if there’s money to be made then Hollywood will make (or remake) pretty much anything. Such is the case with the long-gestating remake of John Woo’s 1989 classic action flick, The Killer, originally starring Chow Yun Fat. An English language remake of The Killer has been in the cards for years, but after several unsuccessful attempts to remake it in English it looks like things are finally moving forward.

The news comes from an official press release (via Deadline): Essential Entertainment has joined forces with Woo’s own Lion Rock Productions to bring the Hollywood remake of The Killer to fruition… in 3D no less (did you actually expect it NOT to be in 3D at this point?).

The remake will be directed by John H. Lee (A Moment To Remember) from a script written by Josh Campbell (assistant editor on Blade II and Van Helsing). The film already has its lead, who will step into Chown Yun Fat’s intimidating shoes: Korean actor Jung Woo-sung, star of The Good, The Bad, The Weird (he played “The Good”).

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Jung Woo-sung in 'The Good, The Bad, The Weird'

What may make this remake easier to swallow is the fact that Woo himself will be heavily involved as a full producer (read: not just attaching his name as exec producer to draw attention). In fact, Woo has been the greatest champion of a remake over the years as the original remains one of the favorite films he’s ever made.

Said Woo:

“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.”

On the chance that you’re unfamiliar with Woo’s original Killer, the film is about an elite assassin who accidentally blinds a young woman whilst on a job (in one of Woo’s many, many shootout sequences). He then takes on one last job in order to pay for the woman’s eyesight to be restored, but the gangster who hired him refuse to cough up the money. The titular killer then teams up with the detective who is out to catch him. Fans of the original can breathe a little easier as it looks like the plot won’t be altered much (if at all).

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A key moment in the original 'The Killer'

Although Woo isn’t in the director’s chair for The Killer remake, he is the producer so he’ll likely have a lot of input as to how it turns out. He clearly loves his original film so I don’t think he’d allow a remake to drop the ball (at least we hope he wouldn’t).

This, of course, isn’t Woo’s first experience in Hollywood as he made Face/Off (arguably his most enjoyable film), Mission: Impossible II, Windtalkers, Hostage and Paycheck. Clearly Woo’s Hollywood career hasn’t been without fault, but at least he’s had experience and isn’t shepherding The Killer remake as a newbie to Hollywood feature filmmaking.

Does The Killer NEED to be remade? Obviously not and the fact that it will be in 3D doesn’t exactly helps matters. But I suppose we can always hang onto the fact that Woo himself is heavily involved.

I leave the rest of the discussion up to you: Is The Killer remake a good idea?

Source: Deadline

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  1. Wow, im not sure that I like that they are remaking this movie considering , how much I love the original, but I do like that WOO is seriously involved in the remake. Seeing this makes me want to watch it, i’ll have to throw that on when I get home tonight.


  3. This is stupid… I never thought it would actually happen. It is good to know that Woo will be heavily involved but still… I also am not interested in seeing someone else star in this, just bring back Chow Yun Fat haha

    What’s next Hard Boiled? :(

    • NO!!!!

  4. Someone’s going to want to keep this story from Anthony, I think.

    • Well there it goes, John freakin Woo, selling out again. god damnit whats gotten into that guy.

  5. Flying doves in 3D!!

    • Imagine the number of people whose 3D glasses get knocked off their faces by moviegoers who were swatting at the doves to keep them away.

      • Lol

  6. ………….. WHY??????????????

  7. I’m not a fan of classic-remakes, or 3D.
    In all fairness though, if there’s one thing that would get me enthusastic about the whole 3D business, it’d be a classic John Woo (slo-mo) gunfight in 3D.
    Still, I’d rather see that happening in a new movie, instead of a remake.

  8. How long before the studios try and convince us that reality would look better in 3D.

    “Hey buy these glasses, everything comes at you, its amazing…”

  9. Woo is the man although Face/Off will be my all time fave of his films.

  10. Its gonna be hot yea doves in 3d but I it will be hard to fill legendary yun fatt shoes

  11. Jung Woo-sung is an awesome actor. I just hope the script and directing can match his talent.