Lupita Nyong'o to Star in 'The Killer' Remake With John Woo Directing

by Leon Thompson May 2, 2018, 1:02
Lupita Nyong'o to Star in 'The Killer' Remake With John Woo Directing

John Woo is remaking his classic action movie, The Killer, this time giving it a female twist. Woo will return to direct the Americanized take on the film, marking his first American studio film since Paycheck in 2003.

In the original, Mob assassin Jeffrey (Chow Yun-Fat) is no ordinary hired gun; the best in his business, he views his chosen profession as a calling rather than simply a job. In order to get enough money for her eye operation, he has to perform one last hit, eventually teaming up with a cop. It helped introduce Woo to Western audiences and also continued to cement the star status of Chow Yun-Fat, who toplined as the assassin. Luc Etienne will executive produce.

The remake will follow the same beats, with Nyong'o's hitwoman accidentally blinding another woman. Deadline reports that the new movie will blend espionage with extraordinary stunts to capture the feel of the original. The aim is to begin production later this year in France and Germany.

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Following her recent comic book action turn in Black Panther, Oscar winning actress Lupita Nyong'o is ready for an action franchise of her own.

Eran Creevy (Collide) rewrote the script based on an original draft by Cloverfield Lane's Josh Campbell and Matt Stuecken, and Brian Helgeland is being brought on to do a production pass.

Woo is represented by ICM Partners and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller & Gellman L.L.P. Nyong'o is represented by CAA, Innovative Artists, and Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein & Lezcano.

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