Paul Walker to Headline 'Hitman' Video Game Reboot Titled 'Agent 47'
by Ethan Anderton
February 5, 2013
It sounds like a worldwide gross of nearly $100 million wasn't good enough for Fox to consider a sequel to the 2007 video game adaptation Hitman starring Timothy Olyphant. Though there were rumblings of a sequel back in 2010, the film never made any progress. Now Deadline reports Fox International Productions is rebooting the Square Enix video game film with Fast and Furious franchise star Paul Walker set to take the title role of Agent 47. The script comes from A Good Day to Die Hard writer Skip Woods and Michael Finch and will be directed by commercial director Aleksander Bach, making his feature debut.
Here's a taste of Bach's skills behind the camera with this Mercedes Benz commercial:
What seems weird is that Fox has brought back Woods, who scripted Hitman, to write this as a reboot. You would think the studio would want a fresh writer on the property, but this mostly feels like a cash grab. Walker will shave his head for the role and shoot the film right after finishing his world tour to promote Fast and Furious 6. It's not clear how the reboot will differ from the first film, but the video game follows a cloned assassin-for-hire, whose flawless record places him in high demand among the wealthy and elite. There's more than a couple games that the film could draw from for the film, so hopefully we'll have more solid details on a story soon. The question is whether anyone is still interested in Hitman. Anyone care?