The Original: The 1989 Hong Kong action thriller from director John Woo, which stars Chow Yun-Fat as the greatest hit-man in the business who attempts to leave his old life behind after accidentally blinding an innocent woman.
The Remake: Woo was recently announced to be getting behind the camera again for this new take on his old film, this time to be shot in the west with Lupita Nyong'o in the central role.
Should We Be Excited?
By the late 1980s, Woo was widely hailed as the saviour of the action genre thanks to his beautifully choreographed scenes of gunplay, and The Killer is often considered his masterpiece. While it's certainly nice to see the director coming back to Hollywood (he hasn't taken the helm on a US production since 2003's Paycheck), it does seem a shame that the film in question has to be a rehash of an established classic which still holds up today.
Still, if Woo and co are set on a female-led remake of The Killer, Nyong'o is certainly an interesting choice for the lead. Neither her screen presence nor her action chops can be in any doubt after Black Panther.