John Woo is remaking his classic Hong Kong action movie The Killer with one pretty major female twist.
Released back in 1989, The Killer helped make its star, Chow Yun-Fat, a household name as the disillusioned assassin Ah Jong.
Sent out on one last hit, he’s hoping to earn enough to pay for surgery that will restore the sight of a singer he accidentally blinded on a job gone wrong.
But things don’t go according to plan, with Ah Jong soon finding himself on the run after he’s double crossed by his boss.
Something of a sleeper hit that benefitted from word of mouth and the emergence of VHS, The Killer launched Woo in Hollywood, where he went on to make Broken Arrow and Face/Off.
It is also often cited as a major influence by the likes of Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez who have praised its distinctive style and outlandish action sequences.
Talk of a remake has been in the offing since way back in 1992, when Walter Hill first wrote a script for the film. Both Denzel Washington and Richard Gere have been linked with the project in the past.
Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal and eOne are moving forward with a remake starring Lupita Nyong’o that will see many of the original’s gender roles switched round.
The plot is likely to remain the same, with Universal promising a “blistering thriller that blends espionage with extraordinary stunts”
Most recently seen in Black Panther and, prior to that, 12 Years A Slave, the project represents a major opportunity for Nyong’o, who has never headlined a film this big before.
It’s been a busy time for Woo whose latest film, Manhunt, is set to land on Netflix in the next few days. Still no mention of a Face/Off 2 though…