John Woo, never a stranger to the L.E. Bad News section, has announced another handful of movies he'd like to remake. The timeframe for Woo's work is always questionable, though. Having just left the video game adaptation Spy-Hunter due to scheduling conflicts, the once great director of Hong Kong action movies has not completely committed to a project in two years. His last release was Paycheck, one of the worst films of 2003.
Woo's most recent, and likely premature, claim is on three French thrillers: Honor Among Thieves, originally directed by Jean Herman and released in 1968; René Clément's Rider on the Rain from 1969; The Prone Gunman from 1982. The filmmaker is supposed to direct the first of the "Thriller Collection", which goes into production later this year, but is unsure about the rest. Now that Spy-Hunter is off his platter, Woo is first set to helm a remake of Jean-Pierre Melville's classic French heist film The Red Circle.
Other projects that Woo has been attached to in the past few months include the video game adaptation Metroid, the toy and cartoon adaptation Masters of the Universe, a Chinese historical epic titled The Battle of the Red Cliff and a computer animated version of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Honor Among Thieves also inspired the script for Ocean's Twelve, originally written as a vehicle for Woo before being rewritten as a sequel to Ocean's Eleven.