John Woo's ONCE A THIEF Resets With New Cast, Stephen Fung Starring And Directing
Acclaimed director John Woo's 1991 heist comedy, Once A Thief, may not share the usual "heroic bloodshed" tropes usually present in his other films, but it still remains a signature classic among ardent Hong Kong cinephiles. So, if you're feeling at all nostalgic after this update, feel free to pop it in your DVD player and reminisce a bit before the remake comes. That's right, the revamp is moving forward as a China/French co-production with Woo cohort Terence Chang producing following earlier updates in 2014.
Still, it remains to be seen if the film will hit home with fans of the original, and surely enough, Woo's got his share of fans far and wide. Alas, let's hope moviegoers will be able to distinguish this latest endeavor when it opens in a few years while Woo's own forthcoming remakes, The Killer, and Sato Junya's 1976 "Hot Pursuit" treatment, Manhunt, stay the course. (MTIME)