Universal has announced this Lupine star Omar Sy stars as Peacock’s The killera reimagining of the 1989 John Woo film from Woo himself.
The legendary action director will return to “reimagine” his own classic film with a script penned by writing partners Matthew Stuecken and Josh Campbell (10 Cloverfield Lane), as well as Eran Creevy (Welcome to the battle, Collide) and Brian Helgeland (42, Legend).
Production on the film will be overseen by Universal Pictures’ Senior Vice President of Production Development Sara Scott, as well as Creative Development Executive Jacqueline Garell. At the moment, it’s unclear exactly when the film is set to be released, but Universal is targeting a broad 2023 release window for the film. The killer re-imagining is one of three films that Woo will direct as part of a series of three original Universal films that the studio will deliver. Woo will also serve as a producer on the film.
The original The killer was not an immediate hit when it was released in Hong Kong in 1989, but was massively praised in the West for its action scenes and general over-the-top style. The film served as one of the catalysts for Woo exploding onto the Hollywood scene.
The film tells the story of Ah Jong, an assassin who accidentally injures a singer’s eyes and decides to perform one last hit in an attempt to raise money for an operation that will prevent the girl from going blind .
For Sy, this marks another major role. The French actor has been appearing in films since 2000, but burst into mainstream fame for his work on the Netflix series Lupine. Recently, Sy starred in 2022’s Jurassic World Dominionas well as the French action comedy film The takedown.