John Woo is moving forward on an English-language 3D remake of his 1989 film “The Killer.”
He’s producing with Terence Chang through his Lion Rock shingle, with John H. Lee (“A Moment to Remember”) directing from a script by Josh Campbell. Jung Woo-Sung (“Reign of Assassins”) will star.
Essential Entertainment will be handling worldwide sales and plans to sell rights at the Berlin Film Festival next week.
“While all my films are special to me, ‘The Killer’ is truly one of my favorites,” Woo said. “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.”
The remake, set in present day, centers on 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 who is trying to catch him.
John Fremes, president of worldwide distribution at Essential, told Variety that production is likely to start in the fourth quarter. Additional cast will be announced over the next three weeks.
Woo directed and wrote the original, which was set in Hong Kong starring Chow Yun-fat, Danny Lee and Sally Yeh. Chow played the assassin, Ah Jong.
Lion Rock was formed in 1998 by Woo and Chang — whose partnership began in Hong Kong, where they produced such films as “Hard Boiled” and “The Killer.” Lion Rock titles include “Paycheck,” “Windtalkers,” “Bulletproof Monk” and “The Big Hit.” “Red Cliff” and the upcoming “Reign of Assassins” are set to be released by the Weinstein Co.
Essential is handling international sales on “Barney’s Version,” “The Expatriate,” “A Good Old Fashioned Orgy” and “Red Dog,” which will have its world premiere at Berlin.