Right before the day closes out, we get the strangest news of the month. Or year. Maybe decade.
While, right at the outset, do I think a Paul Walker-led reboot of Hitman will be duller than dishwater, that doesn’t make the first announcement any less of a head-scratcher. As reported by Deadline, 20th Century Fox have tapped Skip Woods (A Good Day to Die Hard) and Michael Finch (Predators) to script Agent 47, the studio’s attempt at a fresh start with the video game series which, in 2007, was adapted into a movie starring Timothy Olyphant. (Clearly, that this effort didn’t pan out how Fox would’ve liked, though Slavoj Žižek is of the mind that things went just fine, thank you very much.) Commercial director Aleksander Bach will have his feature debut on the project, which is expected to begin rolling in June.
Plot-wise, we should expect Walker, as a bald and genetically-engineered killer, to go around the world whilst take out nefarious types in elaborate scenarios. Past that… I don’t know, and I can’t say, in all honesty, that I care in even the smallest way. Let me just share this funny anecdote, then: I remember, one warm afternoon in June of 2007, sitting in a theater, waiting for Live Free or Die Hard to start and seeing a preview for Hitman, featuring the impending movie’s villain, Timothy Olyphant. Now, the writer of its direct sequel is helping guide a reboot of this 90-second precursor. That Hollywood snake continues to eat its own tail at a quicker and quicker rate.
Is Paul Walker’s Agent 47 something you can look upon with anything other than disdain?
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