Third Times The Charm, Right?
One of gaming’s deadliest assassins may be a professional when comes to consoles, but in terms of big screen blockbusters? Agent 47 is a total bust. Both Hitman and Hitman: Agent 47 were complete failures that did a poor job at transitioning between the two mediums, while also just failing to make cinematic entertainment on a general level.
However, it looks like the contract hasn’t been cancelled yet. According to an article on Polygon, a Hitman series is being worked on, all helmed by the man responsible for the action-fest that was John Wick!
Io Interactive’s Hitman is getting another live-action adaptation, this time in the form of a television series for Hulu. Deadline reports that Fox 21 Television Studios and Hulu are developing a new series based on the assassin, with John Wick creator Derek Kolstad enlisted to write.
Kolstad wrote the original John Wick and this year’s sequel. He’s also writing the script for John Wick: Chapter 3, which is scheduled to hit theaters in 2019. According to Deadline, Kolstad’s on board to write the pilot and executive produce the series.
There aren’t many details on the planned series, though Deadline reports that Hitman will “hew closely to the mythology of the perennially popular video game.” The franchise has been adapted into two feature films already: 2007’s Hitman, which starred Timothy Olyphant as Agent 47, and 2015’s Hitman: Agent 47, in which the eponymous assassin was played by Rupert Friend.
Incidentally, Deadline also reports that there are currently two Hitman games in development. Io Interactive has already confirmed it’s working on a new Hitman game, but recently said it doesn’t plan to start talking about the project until sometime next year.
Io Interactive — which became an independent studio earlier this year — recently released a Game of the Year version of the most recent entry in its franchise, simply titled Hitman, which originally hit consoles and PC in 2016.
John Wick’s action scenes are practically legendary these days. If Hitman gets the same treatment over the course of a whole series, it might finally wash the distaste those last two films put in players’ mouths.