One project that has been kicked around for years has been remake of John Woo‘s “The Killer,” produced by the filmmaker himself. South Korean helmer John H. Lee was once attached to direct but has since moved on, while John Travolta tossed his name in the ring to reteam with his “Face/Off” and “Broken Arrow” director on a redo. But not much has been heard about the movie in years, but Woo reveals he still has it on his plate.
Following this two-part epic “The Crossing,” the director is gearing up to helm the Japan-set “Manhunt,” which is based on the novel by Juko Nishimura, and was already made into a film in 1976. And according to Woo, “The Killer” will follow. “… 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,” he told Screen Daily.
There’s no word yet if Woo intends to direct or still produce and find another helmer, but it’s something it seems he’s still eager to see get made. As for “Manhunt,” he promises it will be a return to the style that first brought him attention on the world stage in the first place. “It’s a bit like going back to my own style. It’s a criminal story, with love and guns – and maybe some pigeons,” the director said.
I guess like it or not, “The Killer” is happening, even if the original is just fine as it is. But what could be potentially interesting is giving the movie to directors like the “John Wick” duo David Leitch and Chad Stahelski and seeing what they could do with the material. Thoughts? Let us know below.