Hitman to get a second shot at movie success

Release Date: 06/02/2013

Square Enix's stealthy assassin sandbox Hitman was given the movie treatment back in 2007, with Timothy Olyphant stepping into the red tie and shaved bonce of Agent 47. The movie didn't exactly set the box office on fire, and reviewers weren't much impressed either.

Now Fox is lining up a second shot at the target, and has announced that Fast and Furious star Paul Walker will be taking a Gillette to his scalp to take over as the new Agent 47. The script will be written by Skip Woods, the writer behind the original movie, along with newcomer Mike Finch. Polish-born commercials director Aleksander Bach will make his debut behind the camera.

It's not yet clear if the movie will acknowledge the first attempt or will simply reboot the movie series with a new storyline inspired by the games. Hitman: Absolution, the most recent entry in the game franchise, came out last November and found Agent 47 on the run after the International Contract Agency was unmasked by his former handler. The game also introduced the clever Contracts online mode, in which players can challenge friends to recreate perfect hits against any non-player character. "Quite possibly the best game in the series and easily one of the best games on PS3," reckoned Play magazine.

Hitman: Absolution is out now for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.

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