UPDATE: When plans for the sequel didn’t work out, Fox went ahead with rebooting the franchise — because that’s what all the cool kids are doing right now. The new film will be called Agent 47, and Paul Walker (Fast & The Furious) replaces Timothy Olyphant as everyone’s favorite bald assassin.
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The long overdue sequel to the 2007 adaptation of the beloved video game franchise is still in pre-production. Fans will need a little bit of luck to see this movie get produced.
The often overlooked video game adaptation released in 2007 wasn’t a perfect movie. But it was way better than travesties like Max Payne, and Lara Croft. Starring Timothy Olyphant as the titular bald-headed assassin, it told a decent, albeit contrived, story about the genetically manipulated killer with a heart of gold(kind of). But like most video game adaptations, it was poorly received, having only 14% score on Rotten Tomatoes, with the consensus being:
Hitman features the unfortunate combination of excessive violence, incoherent plot, and inane dialogue.
With a budget of an estimated $25 million, the movie grossed approximately $100 million worldwide. One would think the studio would be enthusiastic for a sequel given a decent profit from the original, but they haven’t been able to sort out the movie yet.
At one point Spanish director Daniel Benmayor was attached to the movie. He made a name for himself directing commercials for brands like Mercedes, Samsung, and Playstation. He made his feature debut with Paintball(2009), and followed it up with Bruc, the Manhunt(2010).
The script originally was penned by Kyle Ward, and it was once reported that the story is based on the game Hitman 5, which is set to release this year. Daniel Casey, a television actor, was then reported to have been hired for completely rewriting the script.
None yet, obviously. Watch the trailer of the upcoming video game instead.
We’re not even sure if this movie will ever get made. It is currently in development hell and there hasn’t been news about it for a very long time.
Who’s In It?
David Hess, before he died in October 2011, was slated for an unknown role. For now, we aren’t even certain if Timothy Olyphant will return. Fox holds an option on him, which means they could force him to return, although I’m not sure if the studio would prefer that.
The Good Stuff?
The Hitman series is one of my favorite video game franchises, and the premise and the universe of the game has a lot of cinematic potential that was underutilized in the first one. If they get a director who is a fan of the games, and has a good knowledge of the genre, this could become an entertaining film.
The Bad Stuff?
Hollywood doesn’t have much respect for video games and deals with their adaptations with callousness and a cynical approach. The potential audience for such movies is more than just X Box Live users, something Hollywood fails to realize. Now that the movie has been in pre-production for such a long time, and the studio is unwilling to spend money on recognized talent, I doubt the movie would be any better in quality compared to its predecessor.