John Woo Still Planning “The Killer” Remake

For some time, almost a decade in fact, there’s been talk of a remake of John Woo’s 1989 assassin-themed action classic “The Killer”. Korean-American Director John H. Lee had been linked to a previous version of the remake with Jung Woo-sung taking on the lead role.

Now though, while attending the Tokyo International Film Festival, Woo revealed to Screen Daily that “The Killer” remake will be his next project once he finishes up “Manhunt,” an adaptation of the Japanese novel “Kimi Yo Fundo No Kawa No Watare” by Juko Nishimura.

“I have never left [Hollywood]. I still enjoy working with Hollywood. I still have a couple of projects developing in Hollywood. So after Manhunt, I probably will go back to Hollywood to make another action thriller. I’m going to make The Killer in an American version.”

Woo added that the story was completely different when Lee was onboard the project. Woo, who is producing, did not specify whether he’ll end up directing as well.

Chow Yun-Fat starred in the original “The Killer” as an assassin who accidentally blinds a woman, and he vows to retire after one last hit so he can pay for her eye surgery.