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. She may have found her calling in The Killer, a remake of John Woo’s 1989 classic film that paved the way for Woo to direct Hollywood movies. And after nearly 30 years, Woo will be returning to The Killer to direct his own remake.
Via Variety, the new take on The Killer is being developed by Universal Pictures. For the modern update, Nyong’o will play the assassin originally portrayed by Chow Yun-Fat. The plot of the original movie revolves around Ah Jong, a killer for hire who accidentally injures the eyes of a singer named Jennie during a shootout. Ah Jong develops romantic feelings for Jennie, and discovers that she'll permanently lose her sight without a ridiculously expensive operation. To pay for the procedure, Ah Jong agrees to perform one last hit.
If The Killer remake is going to go for the traditional Hollywood gender swap, then presumably Nyong’o’s assassin will fall for a male singer. That is the likely way the studio will go, but it’s not the only way it could go. The Killer could potentially add another layer by having Nyong’o’s character form the same bond with a female singer.
This remake has been going around for a while, with a draft by Josh Campbell and Matt Stuecken, and a rewrite from Eran Creevy. L.A. Confidential screenwriter Brian Helgeland is also on board this project to provide additional writing.
There’s currently no release date for the new take on The Killer, but we'll keep our eyes out for it.
Who do you think should play the singer Nyong'o falls in love with?