John Woo’s 1989 action classic The Killer is finally getting the Hollywood remake everyone’s been talking about for two decades. (I mean, I know the slow-motion is thematically appropriate and all, but this is ridiculous.) The Warriors director Walter Hill tried to get it off the ground for a while, but now Essential Entertainment (the company behind the Golden Globe-winning Barney’s Version) is taking a shot: The Killer will be remade by Korean director John H. Lee, starring Jung Woo-sung as the titular hitman. Oh yeah, and it’s going to be in 3-D. Hey Hollywood? The original characters were three-dimensional enough, thank you very much.
We have to admit, Jung Woo-sung kicked all kinds of unholy ass in The Good, The Bad & The Weird so we’re happy about the casting. But an English remake from Korean filmmakers in 3-D doesn’t necessarily sound like a great idea, particularly when a classic like The Killer is involved. The original film starred Chow Yun Fat as a hitman who accidentally blinds a singer when a job goes bad. He falls in love with the girl and begins taking jobs to pay for her eye surgery, but eventually has to team up with the detective pursuing him in order to protect her from his enemies. Maybe the 3-D is all part of the story: Maybe they’re forcing the audience to wear glasses to sympathize with the blind woman’s plight!
Or maybe it’s cash grab. Yeah… It’s probably just a cash grab. Never mind. Deadline had the original announcement.