As Neil pointed out in his blurb about this news in his Movie News After Dark (which is still rated AE – for Almost Everyone), there’s something incredibly hopeful about the prospect of seeing doves fly in slow motion in 3D. Think of it. A feeling of peace just washed over you, didn’t it?
While it’s true that restarting his career in earnest would mean John Woo was remaking Tie Han Rou Ging, he’s focusing on a movie that people might actually want to see redone in English – The Killer. Woo had already established himself firmly in the Hong Kong scene by the 1989 release of his one-last-job assassin with a heart of gold movie. Starring Chow Yun Fat, the movie is a brutal masterpiece that rightfully garnered international acclaim for Woo.
Now, the director will act as producer for a remake. Of course, this has been announced before. A remake was attempted way back in the early 1990s (written by Walter Hill of all people) that was initially supposed to be for Richard Gere and Denzel Washington. It was also announced in 2007 that John H. Lee would be directing with Woo producing. That news from four years ago seems to be repeating here.
The story about an assassin trying to cure a woman he accidentally blinded is the same, but the location will be in Los Angeles. Plus, it’ll be in eye-popping 3D. Yes, there will probably be a guy whose eye gets popped out. And it will be awesome.
According to Deadline Deerborne, the production has hired Jung Woo-Sung (The Good from The Good, The Bad, The Weird) to star. If you haven’t seen The Killer, you should, and it’s available on the Netflix.