John Woo's 'The Killer' Getting an English-Language 3D Remake

January 31, 2011


Last September we found out that director John Woo was in the midst of planning a remake of his own 1989 Hong Kong police action flick The Killer. At the time it sounded like Woo was going to tackle the remake itself, but today Essential Entertainment and Lion Rock Productions revealed Korean director John H. Lee (A Moment to Remember) will be at the helm of the English-language remake. For those who aren't die-hard Woo fans, the original film follows an elite Asian assassin who risks everything to protect a beautiful singer that he unintentionally blinded, but can only do so with the help of an LAPD detective trying to catch him.

In addition, Jung Woo-Sung (The Good, the Bad, the Weird) will star in this remake (more of the cast will be announced soon) with John Woo producing the film himself. Fans may be skeptical, but Woo sounds excited about the remake's potential. The director says, "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.” I'm not sure if a 3D, English-language remake is going to excite Woo's biggest fans, but there's not much they can do now. Thoughts?

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  • Anonymous
    Why? and why in 3-D? If Woo wants it then I guess we should just accept it...I guess.
  • LMA
    I wish this post was in 3D! That would be something to see!
  • lego
    better that john woo's got some say than none i guess. oldschool john woo + chow yun-fat were classics though. chow yun-fat + 2 guns = win
  • Chris
    Cue fanboys kicking off like the original will cease to exist if this gets made...
  • Jmce3
    3D??? Sounds lazy. Keep the vibe of the original, lose the 3D and I'm in.
  • AA
    Won't be the same without Chow Yun-Fat. Don't think I would be watching this in theaters.
  • lumière
    another day, another director i used to like more produces a remake of his own film. i'm looking at you, Craven.
  • Lamar
    A remake of one of my favorite movies...fine, as long as you don't pull what M. Night did with the Last Airbender; but 3D!!!! REALLY?!!! Some 3D movies are good but most of them are garbage, not sure about this. Guess we'll see.
  • Insider
    Oh gawd. Stop. Please.




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