John Woo's 'The Killer' to get English-language remake
Tuesday 01 February 2011
Director John Woo, who gained international recognition and critical acclaim for
The Killer in 1989, will produce an English-language version of the film, it was announced January 31.
Based on the most successful Hong Kong film released in America since Bruce Lee's Enter the Dragon in 1973, The Killer will star Jung Woo-Sung (
Reign of Assassins, The Good, the Bad and the Weird) and be shot in 3D.
The original version follows assassin Ah Jong, played by Chow Yun-Fat, who protects a young woman he accidentally blinded during a gunfight.
Noted for his stylish filmmaking, signature slow motion and two-handed gunplay, Woo will produce his film's redo with South Korean director John H. Lee (Oneday, Saying Good-bye).
"While all my films are special to me, The Killer is truly one of my favorites," Woo said in a statement, reported in the Hollywood blog Deadline. "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."
In the US, Woo has directed Mission: Impossible 2 and Face/Off. His groundbreaking work has inspired American directors Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino.
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