Cannes 2012: Seven Stars to Finance Remake of John Woo's 'The Killer'

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John H. Lee to direct the film, which will be set in Los Angeles.

Bruno Wu’s Seven Stars Film Studios is coming aboard to finance the planned English-language remake of John Woo’s 1989 film The Killer.

John H. Lee (A Moment to Remember) will direct the script by Josh Campbell (One Square Mile), which relocates the story of a contract killer, who falls in love with the only living witness to his latest job, to Los Angeles. Sarah Yan Li, repped by CAA and a rising star in China, will co-star in the thriller.

Lion Rock Production’s Woo and Terence Chang will produce alongside Lion Rock’s Lori Tilkin, who will executive produce the project, set to begin filming later this year in Toronto.

“SSFS and Lion Rock is the perfect team to bring this iconic project to the global audience. I have always admired John Woo’s work and am confident he and John Lee are the ideal filmmaking duo,” Wu, chairman of Seven Stars Global Entertainment, the parent company of SSFS, said.

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Added Woo, “The Killer is one of my most beloved projects. I have wanted to make an English-language remake and thrilled to have John H. Lee on board to make that happen.  Lee brings a perfect blend of emotion and stunning visuals to his films and I have supreme confidence he’ll bring this story to a new generation and do it justice.”

Seven Stars’ CEO Fred Milstein closed the deal prior to Cannes.

Harvest Seven Stars Media Private Equity (HSSMPE), a subsidiary of Seven Stars Film Studios (SSFS), recently announced that it will invest $800 million in two areas: mergers and acquisitions in the media field and the development of content, marketing and distribution platforms in all media throughout China. The company also tapped Milstein to serve as president, international, HSSMPE as well as CEO of SSFS.