John Woo (Face/Off, Mission: Impossible 2) is set to return to the director’s chair for a remake of 1976 action-thriller Japanese classic Manhunt reports Screen Daily.
Based on the novel by Juko Nishmura, the story follows a prosecutor who is framed for robbery and rape and sets out on a one-man mission to clear his name.
Woo has apparently been a big fan of Takakura, and Media Asia chairman Peter Lam immediately gave the filmmaker a call about the film:
“When I found out that John was a huge fan of the late Ken Takakura, I immediately gave him a call, trying to convince him to direct the film for us.”
Woo adds: “By chance I was mourning the loss of Takakura when Peter called and I accepted the challenge in a heartbeat.”
Manhunt is set to go before the cameras later this year. You can watch the original film (with English subtitles) through YouTube below (via The Playlist):