John Woo is directing a remake of The Killer for Peacock in 2023!
John Wooaction thriller The killer from 1989 is an all-time classic in the genre, and Woo has been planning a remake for some time now. It seems that this project has finally seen the light of day, because the Peacock The streaming service announced this morning that Woo would return to direct a “reimagining” of The killer exclusively for their streaming service.
A press release sent out today reads: “Peacock today announced three upcoming original films slated to premiere on the service in 2023. Each film is part of the previously announced collaboration with Universal Pictures to produce a number of films made exclusively for Peacock.”
As part of this Peacock/Universal collaboration…
“Famous action maker John Woo returns to reinvent and direct his own classic, The killer.”
“We know people join Peacock to watch movies, so we’re constantly adding more to serve fans,” said Kelly Campbell, president, Peacock and Direct-to-Consumer and International, NBCUniversal. “Together with Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, we’re excited to bring fresh, exclusive and original films to our customers next year, in addition to legendary blockbusters from Universal Pictures and beloved franchises streaming now. “
Written and directed by John Woo, the original The killer starred Chow Yun-Fat as Ah Jong, “a disillusioned assassin who takes one last hit in hopes of using his winnings to restore sight to a singer he accidentally blinded.” Watch the original trailer below.
A remake of The killer starring Lupita Nyong’o was recently announced, but Woo had updated in 2019 that Nyong’o was out of the project and the script was being reworked.