Hitman Being Edited From 'Explicitly Violent' to PG-13?! UPDATED!
Given the very last trailer for Hitman, I'm pretty confident that it might actually live up to the game and turn out to be really damn good. French director Xavier Gens seems like he wouldn't spare anything to make an all-out perfect Hitman movie complete with endless action and plenty of blood - and it sounds like that's what he did, until Fox decided to take over. A report from Twitch says that Fox has taken the film entirely out of his hands and given it to the same butcher who took Live Free or Die Hard and watered it down.
Twitch has heard from numerous reliable sources close to the film that this is unfortunately true. Gens' version of Hitman is apparently inspired by Asian action films like The Killer and A Bittersweet Life and the result is "an explicitly violent, very bloody cut of the film that apparently included a number of head shots and extreme gore moments that would have guaranteed the film a hard R rating." Hell yes - sounds like the perfect Hitman movie to me!
However, here's where things take a turn for the worst. Twitch reports that after the studio saw Gens' cut of the film they decided to remove him entirely from the project and place Nicolas De Toth in control of a new edit of the film. Never heard of him? He's the same guy who did the edit on Live Free or Die Hard, "a job he was hired for specifically to turn in an entirely bloodless version of the film." So apparently Fox is doing the same thing - they're editing Hitman down into a bloodless, half-assed version of what actually was a great film.
I can't hold it in anymore: WHAT THE FUCK FOX?! Since very early on writing here I've disliked 20th Century Fox and over the summer it got pretty bad. I really did not enjoy Live Free or Die Hard and was even more turned off by its clearly blatant editing down to a PG-13 level. I thought Hitman might be a great film but now I'm very annoyed to hear that Fox is watering it down!
We'll keep you updated on this and more details if they ever are confirmed. If this really is the case and Fox is turning it into a PG-13 pile of crap, then I'm not going to encourage anyone to go see it. Don't waste your money, don't support Fox.
UPDATE (Oct 11): Twitch and IGN have both heard from Fox and they confirm that the film will still be rated R. While Fox does confirm that De Toth has been brought onto the project, he apparently is only a "consultant and not an editor." The reps at Fox claim that "the film still has intense action and will definitely be rated 'R.'"
Twitch brings up the next few important questions. "If Gens is still in control why was an outside 'consultant' brought in to go over the edit of the film at all, and which of the two actually has more power considering that Gens is currently not even on this continent while De Toth is working away?"