John Woo to Direct The Killer Remake with Lupita Nyong’o in Lead Role


With John Woo’s latest film Manhunt about to hit Netflix this weekend and being billed as a throwback of sorts to ’90s action movies, the veteran filmmaker is busy gearing up for a throwback of a different sort. We’ve been hearing for years that his 1989 Hong Kong classic The Killer might be getting a remake, but for one reason or another the project has remained in development hell over the past decade. However, now that movies like John Wick are making hitmen cool again, suddenly The Killer remake is getting another shot. In an interesting twist, John Woo will direct the new version himself, but that’s not the only twist: the lead role will also be played by a woman. Hit the jump for the full scoop.

According to THR, Lupita Nyong’o is in negotiations to star in The Killer remake for Universal Pictures. The movie is described as a “blistering thriller that blends espionage with extraordinary stunts” and it revolves around an assassin who is sworn to protect a young woman she accidentally blinded during a previous job. John Woo will direct and produce while eOne’s Mark Gordon (Source Code, Saving Private Ryan) and Matt Jackson (Molly’s Game, End of Watch) are also on board as producers.

Nyong’o is best known for her performance in 12 Years a Slave, for which she won an Oscar, but more recently she has been appearing in some major blockbusters including Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Black Panther. This will be her first time headlining an action movie on her own. The original movie starred John Woo’s right-hand man Chow-Yun Fat and at one point Korean action star Jung Woo-Sung (The Good the Bad the Weird) was attached to take on the lead role in the remake. It was also supposed to be shot in 3-D but that was back during the post-Avatar 3-D craze. Are you intrigued to see John Woo remake one of his own greatest hits?

  • Nobody

    Can John Woo be thrown in there as a candidate for possible future premiums?

  • Jake

    Yes please. Get Reed on that too :)

  • milan

    would love the JOHN WOO premium idea, but after seeing the MANHUNT (which most of the time felt as a john woo action movie parody) i don’t have too much trust in the maestro anymore…