John Woo Remaking Yakuza Classic

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: 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!