Pierre Melville‘s Le Samourai is great and would be hard to better but that’s not why it’s a bad idea for a remake.
It’s a bad idea for a remake because it’s already been picked over and ripped off by dozens of other movies.
Some of them were very good, not least John Woo‘s The Killer.
Which makes it particularly uninspiring that it’s John Woo having the bad idea of remaking it. This is what it sounds like when doves cry.
Speaking to Die Welt, Woo says that a do-over is on the cards, with American screenwriters drafting up a new version right now.
If everything shakes out, the film will relocate the action to Berlin. Hopefully thar’s not the only new idea.
Woo notes that Melville’s classic simple style is what attracts him. I can understand that. But remaking a film he already kinda sorta reinvented? And expecting to make something as good as at least one, if not both of the previous tellings?
Well, he might pull it off. I hope he does.