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John Woo Remaking Yakuza Classic

VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 01:  Producer John Woo poses during the "Warriors Of The Rainbow: Seediq Bale" photocall at the Palazzo Del Cinema during the 68th Venice Film Festival on September 1, 2011 in Venice, Italy.  (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

John Woo will direct a remake of Seijun Suzuki's 1963 Japanese new wave yakuza movie Youth of the Beast, the film's production companies announced today. Woo's English-language version, Day of the Beast, will follow a shady outsider who becomes enmeshed in a turf war between Japanese gangsters and Russian mobsters. The script for this new adaptation comes from Amazing Race season-one winner Rob Frisbee. Really!

Photo: Ian Gavan/Getty Images