John Woo Directs Gold Ninjas

By Butterboom Writers  /  May 30, 2007

Where in the world is John Woo?


Many of you who are fans of John Woo (吳宇森) are probably wondering where he’s been lately. The last movie you probably remember him making was that terrible Ben Affleck movie Paycheck in 2003. Well hopefully he is recharging his creative muscles and is coming back strong in 2008 with a new film made in China called The Battle of Red Cliff.

Today, Mr. Woo has announced that he will be filming his next movie about gold ninjas in the aptly titled Ninja Gold which is based on a video game that hasn’t come out yet. (Actually that’s the world that Woo has been in recently – the video game one – where slow-motion gunplay is the norm.)

“Ninja” centers on a ninja warrior, part of a centuries-old legacy and bloodline, forced to confront the reality of covert warfare in the modern world.

“The game concept is actually based on facts that the Yakuza and the Russian mob are involved in tons of gold being stolen in South Africa,” Chang said.

Added Spector: “The idea actually started with John Woo. He wanted to do something involving traditional ninjas in a modern-day setting, and the idea just resonated with me. I was intrigued with the idea of what happens when the traditional and the contemporary come into conflict. And, to say the least, I was very interested in working with John on a project. I’m just a huge fan.”

Spector said Woo was intimately involved in the creation of the “Ninja” cast of characters, especially the hero. He said Woo’s input on the basic situations and thematic underpinnings of the story puts him in a great position to develop the film property without a lot of assistance from the game creators.

Read the rest (via The Hollywood Reporter) here.


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