Despite the fact that video game adaptations are still generally doomed to be complete abominations, the lure of established brands and potential franchises keeps bringing Hollywood back for more. Even when a first or second attempt fails, nowadays the possibility of a reboot is always just around the corner. This week Fox has announced that they will be giving the Hitman franchise another shot with a brand new film called Agent 47, which will not be a continuation of the previous installment. Instead of Timothy Olyphant playing the genetically-engineered assassin, this time around it will be Paul Walker who will shave his head. With the continued success of the Hitman video games, a reboot isn’t a bad idea, but still… is this supposed to be an improvement?
According to Deadline, Agent 47 will be Paul Walker’s next film after Fast & Furious 6. Xavier Gens will not return to direct, which is not a surprise considering all of the disagreements he supposedly had with the studio over the final cut of his film. Instead it will be commercial director Aleksander Bach making his directorial debut from a script written by Skip Woods (who wrote the first film) and Michael Finch (Predators).
The first Hitman movie made just under $100 million worldwide, which is not terrible, although reviews were not particularly pleasant at the time. The thing is, I have a hard time believing that a first-time director and Paul Walker will do a better job than Xavier Gens and Timothy Olyphant. Walker’s stock is on the rise again thanks to the success of the Fast & Furious franchise, but something tells me he is not able to carry an action movie on his own. What do you think, are you interested in a new Hitman movie and is Paul Walker the right man to headline it?