John Woo to remake The Killer for Peacock
James R | On 05, May 2022
John Woo is remaking his classic thriller The Killer for NBC’s streaming service Peacock.
The English-language film is based on the 1989 action flick, which starred Chow Yun-fat as assassin who accidentally damages the vision of a singer, so performs one more job to get the money for an operation to save their sight. The idea of remaking it is nothing new for Hollywood, but several attempts to do so have fallen through. Now, Peacock is looking to move past the development stage on a reimagining the film.
It is one of a number of new Peacock Original films announced this week for a 2023 release. Peacock will also be home to the first film from NBCUniversal’s production deal with LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s SpringHill Company. Shooting Stars follows LeBron’s origin story as a high-school basketball player and is currently being filmed in his hometown of Akron. Rachel Winter and Terence Winter are producing along with The SpringHill Company.
From producer Will Packer (Girls Trip) comes Praise This, starring Chloe Bailey as the newest member of a community’s church choir who pushes her members in a hipper musical direction and whose involvement with an irreverent hip-hop star may kick off — or jeopardise — her own musical career.
These new, exclusive films will join Peacock’s catalogue as the service continues to expand its feature film line-up.
“We know people join Peacock to watch movies, so we are constantly adding more to serve fans,” said Kelly Campbell, President, Peacock and Direct-to-Consumer and International, NBCUniversal. “Together with the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, we are excited to deliver fresh, exclusive, original films next year to our customers in addition to the legendary Universal Pictures blockbuster films and beloved franchises streaming now.”