The Killer was not John Woo’s first movie, but it was the movie that put the director and his instantly recognizable flavor of Hong Kong action on the international map. American action films have spent the past 30 years shamelessly cribbing from Woo’s filmography, so a Hollywood remake of this bonafide classic was inevitable. The news that this is finally happening is not surprising.
What is surprising is that Woo himself is returning to direct and that Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o will star, gender-swapping the role originally played by Chow Yun-Fat. And like that, I’m suddenly interested in a The Killer remake.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 by Angie Han
John Woo has been wanting to remake his own classic The Killer for a while now, and he has not forgotten about those plans. The filmmaker says his next project is Manhunt, described as a hard-boiled actioner that recalls his earlier work, but after that, he’s finally getting around to that English-language The Killer remake. Read his comments after the jump. Read More »
Don’t worry, not *that* The Killer. While someone will eventually remake John Woo’s Hong Kong film of the same name, this is about Pierre Morel (District B13, Taken) directing an adaptation of the Victor the Assassin book series by Tom Wood. The first book in the series was released as The Killer in the US (it’s called The Hunter in the UK) and follows — see if this makes sense — an assassin named Victor. Read More »
Some of our greatest art has to do with crime. People who commit it, people who fight it, people who study it, these are stories that very easily provide gripping emotion. Innumerable classic movies, music, television and more are based on crime and a new gallery exhibit celebrates it all.
The Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles presents an exhibit called I Am The Law/A Life of Crime opening Friday August 15. Dozens of artists from all over the world have dramatized their favorite movies and television shows where someone either breaks the laws or enforces them. That opens up a pretty wide spectrum, from Sherlock, The Wire, The Blues Brothers, Luther and Hannibal on TV to RoboCop, Lethal Weapon, The Killer, The Godfather, Se7en and Die Hard at the movies. They all are represented plus many more. Below, see just a tiny selection of art from I Am The Law/A Life of Crime. Read More »
There has long been talk of a remake of John Woo‘s standard-setting 1989 action film The Killer. The movie was one of the pictures that focused international attention on both the director and his star Chow Yun-Fat, and it had great influence on action movies that followed. It’s a film that I can vividly remember seeing for the first time, even twenty years later.
Now whether we like it or not a new version — in 3D no less — is really happening, and true to statements they’ve dropped over the years, John Woo and his producing partner Terence Chang are behind it. Read More »
John Woo is in the middle of what might be a renaissance. It’s too early to really make that call, but he’s more active now in the wake of Red Cliff than he’s been in the past few years. And more active with interesting projects — if you haven’t seen Red Cliff it is definitely worth the time; Reign of Assassins looks promising; and there’s the IMAX film Flying Tigers that Woo is preparing to make.
But the spectre of trouble looms. A Variety piece on the director announces that “Woo is hoping to line up A-list talent for his English-language remakes of two hugely influential action films”: Le Samourai and his own The Killer. Read More »