Paul Walker is already riding high from the global success of the Fast And Furious franchise, and now it seems that he is keen to capitalise on this momentum by signing up to Fox International Productions’ reboot of Hitman. The film will be called Agent 47, and Walker has signed on to star as the genetically engineered titular assassin, who sports a barcode tattoo on the back of his head.
Agent 47’s first film outing arrived in 2007’s aptly titled Hitman, and starred Timothy Olyphant in the lead role. The film was critically panned but went on to gross nearly $100 million at the worldwide box-office. Unfortunately, this video game adaptation failed to match the lofty expectations that accompanied the project and momentum was quickly lost.
Here’s the scoop from Deadline
Fox International Productions is rebooting Hitman, the live action film adaptation of the hit Square Enix video game. They’ve set The Fast And The Furious‘s Paul Walker to star in Agent 47, an action film that was written by A Good Day To Die Hard‘s Skip Woods and Michael Finch and will be directed by Aleksander Bach, a highly regarded commercials director making his feature helming debut.
FIP, led by Sanford Panitch, sees this as a potential gold mine both in the U.S. but especially in the overseas marketplace, where the video game has moved over 20 million units and where Walker has done very well with Universal’s race car franchise and films like Eight Below.
I actually enjoyed 2007’s Hitman, it was just unfortunate to have been released after Casino Royale and The Bourne Ultimatum, meaning that it would inevitably look inferior by comparison.
Paul Walker is a decent leading man, and provided he has a good script, this could be a very entertaining movie, but it is vital that the marketing campaign clearly specifies that this is a reboot and not a sequel. The film’s release date is another key factor. If it can avoid hitting our screens in either January or September, we might be onto a winner. Otherwise, let’s hope it finds its audience on DVD.