UPDATE: While speaking to ‘The Hollywood Reporter’ director John Woo revealed the production start date on ‘The Killer’:

“We start shooting in January. It’s very interesting, remaking my own film! I actually tried to get another director to work on the film but it didn’t work out so I took over the job. But I do like the idea of making the killer into a woman. And I’m so excited about Lupita. I really like her. It’s a very interesting idea using her as the killer — I think she’ll give us lots of surprises.”

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

The master of gun-fu himself, action maestro JOHN WOO (Hard Boiled, Face/Off) is set to direct a Hollywood remake of one of his classic, the Chow Yun Fat starrer THE KILLER.

The original film follows Chow as “an assassin who accidentally damages the eyes of a singer. The two fall in love, and he decides to perform one last hit in order to pay for a corneal transplant to prevent her from going blind”.

Stepping into Chow’s legendary shoes is Academy Awards winner LUPITA NYONG’O (Marvel’s Black Panther). Changing the gender of the character to a female plays right into Hollywood’s current trend of kick-ass femme fatale ala Charlize Theron in ‘Atomic Blonde’ and Scarlett Johansson in the ‘Avengers’ films.

Stay tuned for more details.

SOURCE: Variety