Filmmaker John Woo is going to make a remake of his own film, The Killer, which will be starred by a French actor, something no one saw coming.
In 2015, Chinese director John Woo (Volte/Face, Mission: Impossible 2) announced that he wanted to direct a remake of the film The Killerin 1989 which propelled him onto the international scene and contributed to the rise of Hong Kong action cinema. It was to be roughly an Americanized re-reading with Lupita Nyong'o slated for the title role. Except that the project lay dormant for several years before the Peacock streaming service confirmed last May that it was still relevant with the collaboration of Universal Pictures.
An awesome and furious film< /p>
Almost no details have been released on this remake, which is also billed as a re-imagining of the cult action movie. It should, however, modernize the story and be one of three original Universal films that will be released on the platform in 2023. Although it took a while to start, pre-production seems to be progressing at a good pace since an actor has been chosen to take over from Chow Yun-Fat as hitman, though no one could have seen it coming.
This is the kind of news you might imagine for our April 1st news, but the reality sometimes manages to overwhelm our dubious sense of humor, the lucky one being the French actor Omar Sy.
— Omar Sy (@OmarSy) August 4, 2022
In addition to filming with a legendary filmmaker, Omar Sy has also earned an extra stripe by landing a leading role after more anecdotal roles in American franchises X-Men, and specifically in Days of Future Past, as well as Jurassic World< /strong>, with a final appearance in the infamous Jurassic World: The World After. The actor has also made himself a little better known to international audiences with the French series Lupin – Dans l'ombre d'Arsène which was a hit on Netflix and is preparing its third batch.
A first big international action role for the French star
The scenario of the remake of The Killer was written by Matthew Stuecken and Josh Campbell (10 Cloverfield Lane), as well as Eran Creevy (No Way Out) and Brian Helgeland (Spenser Confidential< /strong>, L.A. Confidential, Knight). In addition to directing, John Woo will also be producing this new film, which should be releasing more casting news soon.
In addition to the new The Killer, American director Adam Wingard (Godzilla vs. Kong) is also tackling a sequel to Volte/Face > who could bring John Travolta and Nicolas Cage back to the cast – and that's no joke either.