Actor-writer-director Peter Berg must be really into the “guys on a mission” genre, like literally: he’s added a remake of the Hong Kong action-drama The Mission to his already wobbly pile of projects.

The original film, directed by Johnny To, featured five ex-triad members (including the omnipresent Anthony Wong) who get called to act as bodyguards for a crime boss, including one young hotshot with a little more on his mind.  The update, penned by Dario Scardapane, shifts the setting to Vegas and San Francisco.

Normally I’d be concerned (the original was a lean and suspenseful and generally brilliant little film with a catchy score), but Berg, who’s also producing along with Asian remake king Roy Lee of Vertigo, is pretty sharp and could be a fine fit. Oscar-winning Usual Suspects scribe Christopher McQuarrie had once planned a remake of the film himself some time before he was abducted from the planet.

Berg keeps the "guys on a mission" theme going with plans to direct The Kingdom, about government agents investigating a Middle East bombing, and The Losers, an adaptation of DC’s comic about a team of former CIA operatives hunting the man who left them for dead. He’s also working on the warrior breakfast movie Bran Mak Morn.