John Woo Planning Remake of Japanese Action Thriller 'Manhunt'
While we're still waiting to see John Woo's epic The Crossing here in the United States, the filmmaker is getting ready to plan his next project. ScreenDaily reports the director of Face/Off, Red Cliff and Hard Target has set his sights on Manhunt, a new adaptation of the Japanese novel Kimi Yo Funnu No Kawa O Watare by Juko Nishimura. The book was first adapted back in 1976 and just so happens to be the first foreign film released in China after the Cultural Revolution. But it sounds like the film might be a more prominent release overseas with Media Asia Films, based out of Hong Kong, behind the project. Read on!
The story follows a prosecutor who is framed for robbery and rape and sets out on a one-man mission to clear his name. Sounds like your standard action thriller, which we know Woo can do well most of the time. It was Media Asia who sought out Woo to direct the project as chairman Peter Lam explains, "When I found out that John was a huge fan of the late Ken Takakura, I immediately gave him a call, trying to convince him to direct the film for us." Takakura, who passed away last year, starred in the original adaptation from 1976, and Woo recalls how he came aboard the project, "By chance I was mourning the loss of Takakura when Peter called and I accepted the challenge in a heartbeat.” Interested?