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Director John Woo to remake his own 1989 classic ‘The Killer’

  • Legendary Hong Kongese director John Woo, 76, will direct a reimagining of his iconic 1989 thriller “The Killer.”
  • The original film, starring Chow Yun-fat, Danny Lee, Sally Yeh and Kenneth Tsang, tells the story of seasoned assassin Ah Jong, who plans to retire after one last hit job.  
  • During a shootout, Ah Jong accidentally blinds a nightclub singer named Jennie. Feeling guilty, he watches over her and eventually develops a romantic relationship with her. He becomes determined to get her the corneal transplant she desperately needs to keep what remains of her vision.
  • Woo, often deemed the “godfather” of the modern action genre, has popularized several styles including slow-motion fights and stand-offs between characters. 
  • The film will be featured on Peacock’s streaming platform in 2023.

Legendary Hong Kongese director John Woo, 76, will direct a reimagining of his iconic 1989 thriller “The Killer.”

The film will be one of three to be featured on NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming platform in 2023. Other projects include “Shooting Stars,” about basketball legend LeBron James’ early years, and “Praise This,” about a church choir changing its sound, starring R&B artist Chloe Bailey.