Legendary action director John Woo's 1989 Hong Kong classic The Killer will be remade in Los Angeles with a Korean star replacing Chow Yun-fat as the hard-boiled hit man, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Director John H. Lee, a Korean-American will move the action through L.A.'s Koreatown, Chinatown and South Central, said Woo's longtime producer Terence Chang.

"The actor has to be Korean in this version, but also, L.A. is a character in the film," Chang said in an interview on the opening day of the four-day Asian Film Market.

"In John's original version, it doesn't really matter where the film is set, except that Hong Kong has this dragon boat festival which adds a bit of local flavor. In this remake, we will use the geography of L.A. to move the story forward."

Chang said a script is being worked on but said it is too early to reveal other details.