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Old 05-02-22, 09:35 AM
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Also, he's kinda been pipped at the post in the whole "I wanted the killer to be a woman" aspect. Movies like VILLAINESS, ATOMIC BLONDE, FURIE, BLACK WIDOW, THE WITCH (Korea), OLD GUARD, KATE and so many others have made female assassins and ass-kickers – even conflicted ones – par for the course nowadays, invariably with cutting-edge choreography. Again, fair enough for Woo to throw his hat into that ring, and I know not all of those films I listed are outright classics, but I suspect that the heightened expectations inevitably placed on any remake of THE KILLER may ultimately prove hard to meet.
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re: The Killer - Remake (2024, D: John Woo)

I agree with Brian that this proposed remake would have made sense if it would have been released earlier like it was supposed to as a bunch of this type of movies have been released the past few years so the novelty might have worn off. The other film that is similar also is THE PROTEGE that was released last year.
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There was another female assassin title that was eluding me earlier, and THE PROTEGE was it, thanks! That was a pretty decent show (7/10 here), and in comparison to Woo's rehash work on MAN HUNT, I'd say Martin Campbell has proven more adaptable over time – and he's older than Woo! He even made Jackie Chan seem relevant as an actor – briefly – after the latter had long since turned into a communist party puppet cranking out derivative, lowest-common-demominator crap for that market. Sure, Campbell's movies are basically top-drawer B pictures, but he's done more to prove he can produce glossy, efficient thrillers in recent years than Woo has.
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I'll believe it when I see it, but at the very least maybe this will shake the original free from whatever rights black hole it currently resides in.
Yes, a well-done US BD of the original is desperately needed!
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re: The Killer - Remake (2024, D: John Woo)

Universal has announced that Lupin‘s Omar Sy will lead John Woo’s reimagining of his 1989 crime drama The Killer for Peacock.

The original film written and directed by Woo watches as the disillusioned assassin Ah Jong (Chow Yun-fat) accepts one last hit, in hopes of using his earnings to restore vision to the singer (Sally Yeh) he accidentally blinded. Details as to the reimagining’s plot have not been disclosed. But Woo returns to direct the pic announced earlier this year as one of three Universal originals set to debut on Peacock in 2023. He also serves as its producer.

The screenplay was written by writing partners Matthew Stuecken and Josh Campbell (10 Cloverfield Lane), as well as Eran Creevy (Welcome to the Punch, Collide) and Brian Helgeland (42, Legend). Universal Pictures’ Senior Vice President of Production Development Sara Scott and Creative Development Executive Jacqueline Garell are overseeing the project on behalf of the studio.

Sy is a French actor who rocketed to international stardom with his performance in The Intouchables, which led him to become the first Black thesp to win the César for Best Actor. He currently stars in Netflix’s Lupin, one of the streamer’s most watched non-English language series, which has been renewed for a third installment. He most recently appeared in the WWI drama Father & Soldier, which had its world premiere at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, also producing the pic through his Korokoro production banner.

Sy is represented by CAA and Adequat in France, as well as attorney Warren Dern at Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern.
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Omar Sy? Not someone who I would think of doing this. I mean I like him, but not in the iconic Chow Yun-Fat role.
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re: The Killer - Remake (2024, D: John Woo)

Maybe Woo thought he was good in the audition? I think it would be too on the nose of Woo if he just cast another known Asian actor like Andrew Koji, Daniel Henney etc. He obviously wants to take a completely different direction here.
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Koji would a spectacular choice for this one. He absolutely owns it in Warrior, and he has a great screen presence. I hope he has a very good career post Warrior. And just about all of the cast for the most part.
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Still not stoked about this. After all the talk of the role going to a woman, we’re back to a guy. Fair enough. Omar Sy is a solid actor, but hardly some icon that was born to play the part (I suppose Lupita wasnt either). As I said earlier, the action movie world has left Woo behind. His legacy is set in stone regardless. I’m glad he can still make something at 76 and be the acknowledged influence for so many action filmmakers who came up in his wake, but I just keep going back to MAN HUNT and how generally rote and forgettable it was. Hope that’s not the case here.
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Since I like Omar Sy, this news is pretty good to me.I have no idea how the plot is going to go (I mean yes, the general plot line isn't going to change) but the other central parts of it? And some of it is distinctly Chinese , so they'll obviously have to change it up. But even with the awfulness of Man Hunt (Jun Kunimura was the best part of that film), I'm intrigued at how this going to go with a non Asian character in the lead. And hope it doesn't descend into some really predictable film.
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The Killer was a darn good movie. Don't see a reason for a remake.
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re: The Killer - Remake (2024, D: John Woo)

Nathalie Emmanuel is set to join the cast of The Killer for Peacock and will star opposite Omar Sy in a leading role.

The two are toplining the reimagining of the 1989 John Woo film, which the auteur director is also set to helm and produce. The original pic starred Chow Yun Fat and follows an assassin who takes one last assignment in order to use his earnings to pay for the surgery that will restore the sight of a singer he blinded. The details behind this new take are unknown.

The screenplay was written by writing partners Matthew Stuecken and Josh Campbell, as well as Eran Creevy and Brian Helgeland.

Nathalie Emmanuel is set to join the cast of The Killer for Peacock and will star opposite Omar Sy in a leading role.

The two are toplining the reimagining of the 1989 John Woo film, which the auteur director is also set to helm and produce. The original pic starred Chow Yun Fat and follows an assassin who takes one last assignment in order to use his earnings to pay for the surgery that will restore the sight of a singer he blinded. The details behind this new take are unknown.

The screenplay was written by writing partners Matthew Stuecken and Josh Campbell, as well as Eran Creevy and Brian Helgeland.
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Universal Pictures’ EVP Production Development Sara Scott and creative development executive Jacqueline Garell will oversee the project on behalf of the studio. Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven and Alex Gartner are producing. Lori Tilkin will also produce for A Better Tomorrow Films.

Peacock announced The Killer as one of three upcoming original films from Universal Pictures and it is scheduled to premiere on the service this year.
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Re: The Killer - Remake (2024, D: John Woo)







IGN has your exclusive first look at The Killer, iconic action director John Woo’s radical reimagining of his 1989 Hong Kong classic that will stream exclusively on Peacock on August 23. The first three official photos from the film can be seen in the gallery below.

This new film telling of The Killer stars The Fast Saga’s Nathalie Emmanuel as Zee, a mysterious and infamous assassin known, and feared, in the Parisian underworld as the Queen of the Dead.

But when, during an assignment from her shadowy mentor and handler Finn (Sam Worthington), Zee refuses to kill a blinded young woman, Jenn (Diana Silvers), in a Paris nightclub, the decision will disintegrate Zee’s alliances, attract the attention of a savvy police investigator Sy (Omar Sy), and plunge her into a sinister criminal conspiracy that will set her on a collision course with her own past, according to the film’s synopsis.

The cast also includes celebrated French actors Eric Cantona (The Fragile Colossus, Elizabeth) as Gobert, Tchéky Karyo (Le Femme Nikita, GoldenEye) as Tessier, and Grégory Montel (Call My Agent!, Transatlantic) as Jax.

The Killer is scripted by Oscar winner Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential, Mystic River), and is produced by Oscar winner Charles Roven (Oppenheimer, American Hustle) and Alex Gartner (Uncharted, Warcraft) for Atlas Entertainment, and by John Woo and Lori Tilkin deFelice (Silent Night) for Better Tomorrow Films. The film’s executive producers are Terence Chang and Robin Fisichella.

IGN was able to briefly chat with Nathalie Emmanuel and Omar Sy about their roles in The Killer and working with legendary filmmaker John Woo. (This interview has been edited for clarity.)

IGN: Tell us about your characters and what their dilemmas are in The Killer.

Nathalie Emmanuel: Zee has been living a life of solitude if you will, and she has maybe one or two friends, if you can even call them that, because she's a contract killer. That's her whole life, and she's very, very good at it. And she has a very specific code in how she likes to do things. And when she's told who and when to kill somebody, she does it in her own specific way. And her dilemma in this movie is that she's being asked to kill somebody who she doesn't believe deserves it. And for some reason she can't believe that they deserve to be killed …

(Sy) starts following her too, and he's kind of trying to prove that she's this kind of infamous assassin, it's almost like an urban myth, and he's almost chasing her, but then it becomes very clear that they have to work to together at some point. And they realize as they meet each other they're not that different. You know the saying like recognizes like. And that's very true for Sy and Zee when they meet. And they both have a code, they both have, I guess, an integrity, but they sort of work on opposite sides of the law.

Omar Sy: I like Sy because he’s a loyal cop playing by his own rules to make real justice and really do it with all his heart. It’s more about instinct and feelings, you know? He’s the good guy, but sometimes he can cross the line to do what is best. That was very interesting for me.

Nathalie Emmanuel being the killer, it’s something exceptional. She’s perfect. She’s a wonderful actress, a wonderful human being. She’s very serious, and she has a way to see the scene and add small things that I like. We had a good connection.

IGN: How familiar were you with the original 1989 film before signing on for this project?

Emmanuel: I love the original movie. I've seen it more than a couple of times. (John Woo) was an innovator of action, in my opinion. And just really cared about not just the action, and the sort of excitement and the spectacle of the action, but really cares about the characters and their emotional dilemma as you put it. And so it's an excellent movie. I've seen a lot of John's movies. I'm a massive fan of Face/Off. I think it's one of my favorites of his, and Mission: Impossible 2 is obviously fantastic.

Sy: I was a huge fan of John Woo movies, especially The Killer. It’s a classic for me and my friends, and Face/Off. John Woo changed everything with the action movie, all the slow motion, all those new ways to picture the action. But also, if you look closely with his movies, he’s a romantic guy. There are a lot small looks, chemistry between actors. It’s a lot about love, friendship, loyalty.

IGN: How does John Woo differ from the other directors you’ve worked with?

Sy: It was tough. We had to be prepared because we had a lot to do – the action, the fighting, the violence – but we learned very fast that things can change on the day. So, it’s good to learn the action choreography while also having an open mind to be able to act, to be able to adjust all the time.

Emmanuel: I think of John as a director of action. It's like he treats it like dance. He treats it like choreography. And I feel like as a director, I find his style of shooting to be quite romantic. It's almost like we're waltzing, it's very beautiful and has a lot of movement, but he really likes to get in close and then do these very beautiful vignettes and it all just feels very romantic. And I think of him as a romantic as a director, how he uses the camera. That's quite unique compared to other movies I've done.

And he also just gave me a lot of freedom to perform. And obviously the action is one thing, but just as the character, he really, really gave me so much trust, so much freedom in a way that I hadn't experienced before. And obviously you can get a varying degree of freedom with the director. Some are very, very particular and know exactly how they want you to do it and when they've got it. And then there's others that are sort of a bit more like, “Yeah, try that.” And then they might give you some notes, and then it's more of a back and forth, and it's very collaborative.

John was very like, "Are you happy?" And I was kind of like, "Ah, I don't know, am I?" And it was the first time I'd been given that level of freedom, which was kind of intimidating, but wonderful. It was kind of wonderful. I hadn't experienced that before to that degree. And I really appreciated that he trusted me like that. And this is John Woo. This is somebody whose movies I've admired. And to have someone just be like, "Oh yeah, do whatever you want and I will capture it." In a way just felt really a very special and privileged experience.
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nice. i have Peacock and will be gung-ho for this. the original ranks up there with my favorites of all time. i hope he can recreate the magic of the spectacular original.
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I was so obsessed with his prime filmography that I'll watch anything he does. As I get older, I see more and more that filmmakers (and entire sub-genres) have a finite life span. I love his prime streak.

1989 The Killer
1990 Bullet in the Head
1991 Once a Thief
1992 Hard Boiled
1993 Hard Target
1996 Broken Arrow
1997 Face/Off
2000 Mission: Impossible 2
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Originally Posted by Troy Stiffler
I was so obsessed with his prime filmography that I'll watch anything he does. As I get older, I see more and more that filmmakers (and entire sub-genres) have a finite life span. I love his prime streak.

1989 The Killer
1990 Bullet in the Head
1991 Once a Thief
1992 Hard Boiled
1993 Hard Target
1996 Broken Arrow
1997 Face/Off
2000 Mission: Impossible 2
How do you leave A Better Tomorrow 1 & 2 off this list?!
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If I still have Peacock when this airs I may watch it.

I doubt it will be any good however.
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A female killer? Oof, queue the hate in 3, 2, 1...

It's gonna be mediocre, though. Woo hasn't done anything good since Red Cliff.
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Atomic Blonde
Ava
Hanna
Peppermint
The Mother
all solid.

Jolt and Kate enjoyable even but at a lesser extent.

You love to stir that pot.
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Atomic Blonde
Ava
Hanna
Peppermint
The Mother
all solid.

Jolt and Kate enjoyable even but at a lesser extent.

You love to stir that pot.

I like to stir the pot? How so?

Atomic Blonde and Hanna are the only good films in that list. The rest are garbage. Stir that.
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The Killer is streaming August 23 on Peacock: https://pck.tv/45hBP6q

Synopsis: From the Oscar® winning producer of Oppenheimer, the kinetic action thriller stars Emmy nominee Nathalie Emmanuel (The Fast Saga, Game of Thrones) as Zee, a mysterious and infamous assassin known, and feared, in the Parisian underworld as the Queen of the Dead.
But when, during an assignment from her shadowy mentor and handler (Avatar’s Sam Worthington), Zee refuses to kill a blinded young woman (Diana Silvers; Ma, Booksmart) in a Paris nightclub, the decision will disintegrate Zee’s alliances, attract the attention of a savvy police investigator (Golden Globe nominee Omar Sy; Jurassic World franchise, Lupin), and plunge her into a sinister criminal conspiracy that will set her on a collision course with her own past.
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Oooh, the idea made me annoyed, but I might check this out with that cast
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OOF...looks like a TV movie and not a good one.
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Doesn’t look great but if it’s on Peacock I’ll check it out.

I wonder if viewers have moved on from the overly stylized action movies that John Woo is known for? Or maybe it’s just me because I cringed at some of the shots in that trailer knowing full well that’s what Woo does.
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OOF...looks like a TV movie and not a good one.
Having seen the original a few times, I agree. This new one looks like fucking garbage and just like a modern action movie and totally misses/doesn't have the nuances that made the original a classic.

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