Lupine star Omar Sy will star in a new Peacock-exclusive series based on John Woo’s 1989 crime drama The Killer. The original film starred Chow Yun-fat as assassin Ah Jong, who accidentally damages popular singer Jennie’s (Sally Yeh) eyes during a shootout. Ready to leave the world of assassination behind, Jong reluctantly accepts the offer to take one last hit to raise enough money for surgery to save Jennie’s sight.
Woo will direct the new series, which is slated for release in 2023. The script was penned by writing duo Matthew Stuecken and Josh Campbell (10 Cloverfield Lane, Covenant, Knights of the Zodiac), Eran Creevy (Welcome to the Punch, Collide, Shifty) and Brian Helgeland (LA Confidential, Legend, Spenser Confidential).
The Killer garnered several nominations at the 9th Annual Hong King Film Awards, with Woo winning Best Director. He has been working on a new version of the film since 1992, but it remained in development for 30 years.
Sy currently plays Assane Diop in Netflix’s Lupine, a man inspired by the adventures of Maurice Leblanc’s master thief, Arsene Lupin. The Golden Globe-nominated series is currently filming its third season. The actor had his breakout role in 2011’s The Untouchables, which not only topped the French box office, but became the highest-grossing French film of all time, with Sy also taking home a César Award for best actor.
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