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John Woo helps remake his own action classic The Killer

Jan. 31, 2011by:

Thanks to its slow-motion bloodbaths, Mexican standoffs, flapping doves, and themes of atonement, loyalty and friendship, John Woo's bullet ballet THE KILLER became one of the most influential action movies of the late 20th century.

Apparently Woo inevitably grew tired of seeing everyone imitate his pioneering "heroic bloodshed" and high-impact hyperviolence (and the two-pistol posture that the ultracool Chow Yun-Fat helped popularize), and has decided to give it another shot himself.

Woo is producing a new 3D remake of THE KILLER, directed by John H. Lee (A MOMENT TO REMEMBER) and starring South Korean actor Jung Woo-Sung (THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE WEIRD) as the charming hitman.

Woo said: “While all my films are special to me, THE KILLER is truly one of my favorites. 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.

This particular incarnation of the remake (likely set in LA) has actually been in the works for several years, although Sylvester Stallone and filmmaker Walter Hill (THE WARRIORS, 48 HRS.) planned their own version back in the 1990s.

Original THE KILLER trailer
Extra Tidbit: The nicknames for the two lead characters translate from Cantonese to "Runt" and "Shrimp Head", although other versions name them Dumbo and Mickey Mouse, and Small B. and Numbnuts.
Source: Deadline

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2:13AM on 02/02/2011
Why oh why would he do this. I still think that John Woo is great. Red Cliff was one of the best epics of the past ten years and I think Jung Woo is a great actor, but why would he come do this in Hollywood? It doesn't make any sense. To try to appeal to a western audience. It's always a bad idea to try and recreate an Asian film with Asian actors in english. There would be a huge audience for this if it were done in Hong Kong, as American now has a huge love affair with Hong Kong films. Maybe
Why oh why would he do this. I still think that John Woo is great. Red Cliff was one of the best epics of the past ten years and I think Jung Woo is a great actor, but why would he come do this in Hollywood? It doesn't make any sense. To try to appeal to a western audience. It's always a bad idea to try and recreate an Asian film with Asian actors in english. There would be a huge audience for this if it were done in Hong Kong, as American now has a huge love affair with Hong Kong films. Maybe I am just naive, but I honestly believe a Hong Kong remake of the film would do well in America.
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1:21PM on 02/01/2011
i love the killer. i love john woo. i do not love this idea.
i love the killer. i love john woo. i do not love this idea.
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5:50AM on 02/01/2011

We'll See

As you can tell from my avatar, i'm a big Woo fan. The Killer is a classic, sure its outdated, but its still miles above some of the shit churned out today with huge budgets.
It seems in capable hands for now. I'll be watching how this progresses.
As you can tell from my avatar, i'm a big Woo fan. The Killer is a classic, sure its outdated, but its still miles above some of the shit churned out today with huge budgets.
It seems in capable hands for now. I'll be watching how this progresses.
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1:48AM on 02/01/2011

WHAT?!

I seen this film back in '92 and own the two-disc special edition. The Killer is one of my favorite action films of all time. It's still to early to say, hopefully they do something new with it. I've read the Walter Hill remake script and it had a typical happy ending. If they do make this into that kind of film or even worse--make it into another PG-13 shit-fest, I'll boycott the remake at all costs.
I seen this film back in '92 and own the two-disc special edition. The Killer is one of my favorite action films of all time. It's still to early to say, hopefully they do something new with it. I've read the Walter Hill remake script and it had a typical happy ending. If they do make this into that kind of film or even worse--make it into another PG-13 shit-fest, I'll boycott the remake at all costs.
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12:50AM on 02/01/2011

Seconf chance for Woo

Probably my greatest regret, in regards to film, is that John Woo was never given free reign on his American movies. His Hong Kong films were not flawless by any means, but he rivaled Scorsese and Kubrick in putting his signature style into his projects. "Hard Boiled" and "The Killer" are simply brilliant.

To hear this today gives me mixed feelings. Still, at least Stallone will not be involved. Van Damme, perhaps?!?
Probably my greatest regret, in regards to film, is that John Woo was never given free reign on his American movies. His Hong Kong films were not flawless by any means, but he rivaled Scorsese and Kubrick in putting his signature style into his projects. "Hard Boiled" and "The Killer" are simply brilliant.

To hear this today gives me mixed feelings. Still, at least Stallone will not be involved. Van Damme, perhaps?!?
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12:18AM on 02/01/2011

Love the Original...

it was an freakin awesome movie...Some amazing scene like the surgery with a gun on the head....Awesome gunfight in the end...I love both this and 'Once a thief'...John woo rocks...
it was an freakin awesome movie...Some amazing scene like the surgery with a gun on the head....Awesome gunfight in the end...I love both this and 'Once a thief'...John woo rocks...
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11:17PM on 01/31/2011
This is like George Lucas deciding to remake "Star Wars," but with someone else directing, and in 3D. Ouch.
This is like George Lucas deciding to remake "Star Wars," but with someone else directing, and in 3D. Ouch.
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5:48AM on 02/01/2011
I'd like Lucas to remake the star wars prequels but with someone else directing
I'd like Lucas to remake the star wars prequels but with someone else directing
11:04PM on 01/31/2011
Could be good? Maybe? I don't know.
Could be good? Maybe? I don't know.
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10:46PM on 01/31/2011
I've always been open to an American remake of this movie. I think it could work out well.
I've always been open to an American remake of this movie. I think it could work out well.
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11:49PM on 01/31/2011
Yeahh even though this isn't an American re-make lol Sorry i had to say something man
Yeahh even though this isn't an American re-make lol Sorry i had to say something man
2:14AM on 02/02/2011
Yes, agreed. The correct sentence would be an Asian remake of a Hong Kong film set and filmed in America, done in english. That has all kinds wrong in it.
Yes, agreed. The correct sentence would be an Asian remake of a Hong Kong film set and filmed in America, done in english. That has all kinds wrong in it.
10:44PM on 01/31/2011
Not sure how i feel about this at all. Eh, next.
Not sure how i feel about this at all. Eh, next.
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