Actress Lupita Nyong’o is reportedly no longer attached to John Woo’s forthcoming remake of his 1989 crime drama “The Killer” at Universal Pictures.
Speaking at the Hawaii International Film Festival, Woo tells Deadline: “There was a scheduling problem because she’s so popular right now. We rewrote the script and it took so much time…she had to leave for another project.”
The title role will remain a racial and gender-switched version of Chow Yun-fat’s iconic role of a stone-cold killer whose icy veneer is melted by a young female singer he accidentally blinds during a hit job on a mobster. In order to get enough money for her eye operation, he has to perform one last hit, eventually teaming up with a cop
The remake will reportedly stick to the formula with the hitwoman accidentally blinding another woman. Woo says: “The biggest reason why I wanted to do this movie again because [I wanted] ‘the killer’ to be a woman — that’s exciting to me. It will make the movie have a different look.”
He also says he wants to “create a complex female action star that just doesn’t just fight well but wanted to bring a prominent element of emotion and humanity to the role”. Woo also confirmed he has no involvement in Paramount’s proposed remake of his 1997 action thriller “Face/Off”.