The Hitman video game series is pretty straightforward — as the name suggests, you’re given contracts to kill people. The games, including 2012’s Hitman: Absolution, rarely involve particularly enthralling storylines and, for most gamers, that’s fine — it’s the grisly, cerebral, can’t-look-away gameplay that keeps people coming back.
A relatively weak storyline helps explain why the 2007 movie based on the game, Hitman, was something of a critical miss. The film’s current score on Metacritic is a frightful 35% (though it did manage to take in nearly $100 million).
In that film, the lead character, Agent 47, was played by Timothy Olyphant — known for his work in Deadwood, Justified and Go. Now, I’ve seen the original Hitman movie and can say that I found Olyphant a convincing Agent 47. He not only resembled the game character, but he brought a unique grittiness to the role.
Now there are reports that, for some odd reason, Fox International Productions wants to make another Hitman movie. The film will reportedly be called Agent 47 and will be directed by Aleksander Bach, who will be making his big-screen debut (to date, Bach has only directed TV commercials). As was the case with the original Hitman, the script will be written by Skip Woods. Given that the original film had a mindless, plodding plot, that’s probably not a good thing.
This is already a recipe for disaster, but here’s even worse news: rather than bring Olyphant back, Fox has decided that Paul Walker — of Fast and Furious “fame” — will play Agent 47.
That’s a mind-boggling decision, to be sure. The best actors in the Fast and Furious movies were the neon, nitrous-sucking cars.
Joining Walker in Agent 47 will be a long list of semi-recognizable actors, including Charles Gordon, Alex Young, and Adrian Askarieh.
No word yet on when (or if) the film will ‘hit’ theaters.