Universal has announced it Lupines Omar Sy will direct John Woo’s reimagining of The killer. The project, based on Woo’s 1989 crime drama, is being developed as a premiere property for Peacock. Directed by John Woo (Face/Off, Broken arrow, Hard target), The killer centers on a disillusioned assassin (Chow Yun-Fat) who accepts one last hit in hopes of using his earnings to restore the sight of a singer he accidentally blinded. In addition to being one of the biggest action films of Woo’s illustrious career, The killer has inspired action movies and video games for generations.
Woo directs and produces the reimagined version based on a script written by Matthew Stuecken, Josh Campbell (10 Cloverfield Lane), Eran Creevy (Welcome to the battle, Collide), and Brian Helgeland (42, Legend). Universal Pictures’ Senior Vice President of Production Development Sara Scott and Creative Development Executive Jacqueline Garell will oversee the project.
Sy is a French actor who stars in Netflix’s Lupine as the master thief Asane. Sy rose to stardom after her performance as Driss in Oliver Nakache and Eric Toledano’s The untouchable. Sew outstanding performance i The untouchable made him the first black performer to win the César for Best Actor. He recently appeared in the WWI drama Father & Soldierwhich premiered at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival.
Knowing that he can deliver an action packed performance along with quality drama, Sy is the perfect choice to lead Woo’s reimagined version of The killer. Sy is charismatic, tough and quick to get going. I look forward to seeing what he and Woo can create when the cameras start rolling.
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