In the long line of failed video game movies, back in 2007 the underrated Timothy Olyphant attempted to turn the whole mess around with Hitman by taking on the role of Agent 47, a bald assassin raised from birth to be a killer, tattooed with a barcode on the back of his head. Though I haven't seen it, word of mouth and a 14% on Rotten Tomatoes doesn't inspire me to ever actually watch it, but the $100+ million worldwide gross (on a $30 million budget) has inspired 20th Century Fox to make Hitman 2 which Deadline says Spanish filmmaker Daniel Benmayor will direct, but it's uncertain if Olyphant will reprise the Hitman role yet.
This will be Benmayor's Hollywood directing debut, but the director has had plenty of experience directing Spanish commercials for Playstation, Mercedes and Samsung, not to mention his feature debut Paintball about adrenaline junkies get dropped in a dense forest for a paintball match, and find that someone is using real ammo. Watching the trailer for Paintball gives you a sense that Benmayor knows how to direct action, even if the premise is a little hokey itself, so it sounds like he'll be worth Fox's money.
However, what remains to be seen is if the sequel will be worth anyone's time and money. It doesn't sound too promising with a plot that sounds lifted from various action sequels before it takes elements from the fifth Hitman video game and will see Agent 47 as a beaten man who must build himself back psychologically and physically to reclaim his mantle as world’s most feared assassin. Sounds pretty lame, and if they aren't able to get Timothy Olyphant back (after all the production is set to start in the fall, and he has the second season of the FX series "Justified" in his schedule sometime) then I can't see this being worth the increasing ticket cost at the theater. Any Hitman fans out there disagree?
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