Summer 2015 has already featured quite the collection of franchise installments, be they sequels or revivals. However, just before this year’s Labor Day holiday rolls around, another reboot will arrive, as Hitman: Agent 47 looks to breathe fresh life into the video game movie franchise based around an emotionless killer named ’47’ (who has a penchant for red ties and black suits).
The ’47’ character was previously brought to life on the big screen in the 2007 film release that starred a pre-Justified Timothy Olyphant. This time around, Rupert Friend (Homeland) assumes the role of the eponymous assassin character, and the Agent 47 trailers released thus far indicate that the film will feature give moviegoers their action fix (if nothing else).
20th Century Fox has released a new Agent 47 featurette that looks to reassure fans that this time the eponymous character is being done right (you can watch that video, above). The footage also more directly breaks down the story of the film, including how the overall plot ties into 47’s history and Friend’s approach in taking on the role. Ultimately, it’s a quick watch that is loaded with information on the new film (though the featurette could also be seen as being little more than studio posturing).
Considering how skeptical fans of the franchise likely are towards the new Hitman installment, it’s a smart move for Fox to attempt to address these issues head on. Whether or not Hitman: Agent 47 manages to live up to the hype the studio is attempting to build is, of course, another matter entirely. Director Aleksander Bach is untested as a feature filmmaker, and screenwriters Skip Woods (Sabotage) and Michael Finch (The November Man) don’t exactly have the strongest track record, between the pair of them.
The marketing campaign for Hitman: Agent 47 has emphasized both the iconic status of the central character and the relentless nature with which he carries out his missions. The difficulty in building a film around such a cold, distant figure, however, is populating the world around him with compelling supporting players and a story that has stakes high enough to keep the audience engaged throughout.
At this point, it’s difficult to say if Hitman: Agent 47 will manage to pull all that off (even with a supporting cast that includes Zachary Quinto and Ciarán Hinds), but fans will find out when the film is released next month.
Hitman: Agent 47 opens in U.S. theaters on August 21st, 2015.
Source: 20th Century Fox