Can Woo Remake His Classic 'Killer' ?
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If you're all tapped out of original ideas, just borrow a classic from your past...
Essential Entertainment, along with John Woo's Lion Rock Prodcutions, announced that they will remake Woo's classic 1989 film The Killer. The original, which starred Chow Yun-Fat, is considered a classic of Hong Kong cinema and of John Woo in particular. Remakes have been announced from time to time, most recently in 2007; but fans of the original were generally relieved when they fell through, anticipating that the remake could never measure up to the classic original.
Casting is already underway for the remake: it will star Jung Woo-Sung, of 2010's Reign of Assassins (also directed by John Woo), in Chow-Yun Fat's iconic role as a disillusioned hit man who accepts one last job. Regardless of whether or not a remake is in itself a good idea, this casting news is a vast improvement over the speculated leads in 2007: Richard Gere and Denzel Washington. I wish I were joking. This will be an English-language remake in realistic tension-headache-producing 3D. Will that make the Woo's trademark two-handed akimbo shootouts more or less impressive?
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