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Peacock Unveils Original Films From Universal Set To Premiere In 2023, Including John Woo Remake

Peacock announced today three upcoming original films scheduled to premiere on the service in 2023: Shooting Stars, Praise This, and The Killer. Each film is part of the previously announced collaboration with fellow NBCUniversal property Universal Pictures to produce a number of films made exclusively for Peacock.

“We know people join Peacock to watch movies, so we are constantly adding more to serve fans,” said Kelly Campbell, President, Peacock and Direct-to-Consumer and International, NBCUniversal. “Together with the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, we are excited to deliver fresh, exclusive, original films next year to our customers in addition to the legendary Universal Pictures blockbuster films and beloved franchises streaming now.”

The Peacock Originals coming in 2023 from Universal Pictures include the following films:

Peacock will be home to the first film from NBCUniversal’s production deal with LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s SpringHill Company. Shooting Stars follows LeBron’s origin story as a high-school basketball player and is currently being filmed in his hometown of Akron. Academy Award-nominees Rachel Winter and Terence Winter are producing along with The SpringHill Company.

LeBron's and his teammates
LeBron and St. Vincent St. Mary High School teammates in 2003 Roadell Hickman, The Plain Dealer

From producer Will Packer, who also produced Girls Trip, comes Praise This, starring singer songwriter Chloe Bailey (Grown-ish) as the newest member of a community’s church choir who pushes her members in a hipper musical direction and whose involvement with an irreverent hip-hop star may kick off—or jeopardize—her own musical career.

And celebrated action auteur John Woo returns to reimagine and direct his own classic, The Killer. The 1998 original is considered a major part of Woo’s eventual move to Hollywood films from his native Honk Kong, and was a large influence on directors Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, and Johnnie To; as well as hip hop artists like Raekwon, who sampled it heavily on his first solo album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…

Scene from The Killer
Chow Yun-fat as Ah Jong Image via Film Workshop

These new, exclusive original films will join Peacock’s catalogue as the service continues to expand with a range of films for every fan and occasion.

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