Universal has announced that Lupin‘s Omar Sy will set to lead John Woo’s reimagining of his 1989 Hong Kong classic crime drama The Killer for Peacock.
The original film written and directed by Woo watches as the disillusioned assassin Ah Jong (Chow Yun-fat) accepts one last hit, in hopes of using his earnings to restore vision to the singer (Sally Yeh) he accidentally blinded. Details of a plot have not been disclosed. When the project initially coming along, the Oscar winning actress Lupita Nyong’o was announced to star, but Woo had updated back in 2019 that Nyong’o was off the project and the script was being reworked.
Now, Woo returns to direct the pic announced earlier this year as one of three Universal originals set to debut on Peacock in 2023. He will also produce alongside his longtime associate Lori Tilkin, with whom he developed the project.
The screenplay was written by Matthew Stuecken and Josh Campbell (10 Cloverfield Lane), as well as Eran Creevy (Welcome to the Punch, Collide) and Brian Helgeland (42, Legend). Universal Pictures’ Senior Vice President of Production Development Sara Scott and Creative Development Executive Jacqueline Garell are overseeing the project on behalf of the studio.
A French actor Sy who got an international fame with his performance in The Intouchables, which led him to become the first Black actor to win the César for Best Actor. He currently stars in Netflix’s Lupin, one of the streamer’s most watched non-English language series, which has been renewed for a third installment. He most recently appeared in the WWI drama Father & Soldier, which had its world premiere at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival.
The new version of the classic film, the killer to debut on Peacock in 2023.