After almost two decades away from Hollywood, John Woo has two projects lined up that will see him return with aplomb. The first is a silent action movie (yes you read that right) starring The Suicide Squad’s Joel Kinnamen, and the second will be a remake of his own 1989 cult crime classic The Killer.
John Woo’s Reimagining Of ‘The Killer’ Will Star Omar Sy From ‘Lupin,’ Which Is A Pretty Fun Collection Of Words
John Woo has finally found his lead for a reimagining of his 1989 classic The Killer. The remake set for Peacock will now star Omar Sy who’s been wowing audiences over on Netflix in the French crime series Lupin. Sy is taking over the role from Black Panther star Lupita Nyong’o, who had to drop out of the role in late 2019 due to a scheduling conflict. The production took a back seat during the pandemic, and now, appears to be back on track with Sy locked in.
Director John Woo (Hard Boiled, Broken Arrow, Face/Off, Mission: Impossible II) is developing a new film based on the Chinese American Dean Lung. The historical drama will follow the story of Lung, “the valet of Oakland’s first mayor Horace Walpole Carpentier — whose donation helped found Columbia University’s Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures.”
“Hard Boiled” director John Woo is developing a historical drama about Chinese American Dean Lung — the valet of Oakland’s first mayor Horace Walpole Carpentier — whose donation helped found Columbia University’s Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures. The film has the working title “Dean Lung.”
John Woo On His Return To U.S. Filmmaking, New Project About Columbia University Donor Dean Lung & Remake Of ‘The Killer’
Speaking to Deadline from Fantasia Film Festival (Montreal, July 14-August 3), where he is being honored with a career achievement award, Hong Kong filmmaker John Woo revealed details of his recent return to U.S. filmmaking – feature films Silent Night and Peacock’s reboot of his iconic 1989 action thriller The Killer – as well as an upcoming passion project about the man who helped establish Columbia University’s East Asian Languages & Cultures Department.
Legendary filmmaker John Woo's latest film hasn't even hit theaters yet, but he apparently already has another project in the works. Woo told Variety that before he retires from filmmaking, he wants to make a movie about Dean Lung, the Chinese-American valet who ended up funding Columbia's Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures in the early 1900s.
The Mission: Impossible movies are often rightfully regarded as the apex of what is possible in contemporary blockbuster filmmaking. Granted, plenty of moviegoers are currently experiencing tent pole fatigue, which accounts for the polarized response to some recent Marvel flicks, and also the tepid reaction to a lugubrious dud like Jurassic World: Dominion. Particularly in the wake of Brad Bird’s smashing fourth Mission entry, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol – a film whose spectacular alchemy of death-defying stunts, movie-star camaraderie, exotic jetsetting, and the blindsiding magnetism of Tom Cruise helped solidify the template for subsequent entries – these movies have been leading the blockbuster pack. Mr. Cruise has always known what his audience wants, and he’s never been shy about giving it to them. Don’t believe us? Go ahead and check the box office tabs for a little movie called Top Gun: Maverick.
John Woo is perhaps one of the greatest Hong Kong directors and, depending on your tastes, the best one to ever bless the silver screen. However, whether you are an action movie aficionado or not, his influence on cinema cannot be overstated, as his films such as "A Better Tomorrow" and "The Killer" are classics that continue to influence filmmakers today.
Click here to read the full article. John Woo’s “Silent Night” recently wrapped principal photography in Mexico City. The film is the first U.S. action movie directed by the iconic helmer Woo in more than a decade. In “Silent Night,” Godlock (played by Joel Kinnaman) is a father on a mission to avenge his young son who was tragically caught in the crossfire of gang violence on Christmas Eve. Shot and nearly killed while in pursuit of the murderers, Godlock vows to avenge his son by any means necessary. Kinnaman is pictured above in an exclusive first look still from the actioner. The film...