20th Century Fox and director Xavier Gens adapted IO Interactive’s video game series Hitman for the big screen in 2007. The resulting movie – starring Justified‘s Timothy Olyphant as stealth assassin Agent 47 – was a moderate financial success ($100 million worldwide gross on a $24 million budget), despite being unpopular with critics and filmgoers in general. The planned sequel was canned part-way through pre-production (for related reasons), in favor of a fresh reboot for the game-based IP.
The reboot, which is titled Hitman: Agent 47, was going to star Paul Walker as ’47’, but Rupert Friend (Homeland) ended up taking on the role instead, following Walker’s passing in late 2013. Footage of Friend as the eponymous assassin in action debuted at the International Comic-Con in San Diego last year, but the official trailer is now online for everyone to watch (see above).
Costarring in Agent 47 is Heroes and Star Trek fan-favorite Zachary Quinto, playing the role of the mysterious ‘John Smith’. Meanwhile, Hannah Ware (Betrayal) is portraying Katia van Dees, the daughter of the man – brought to life by Ciarán Hinds (Game of Thrones) – who was responsible for starting the program that gave rise to ’47’. Rounding out the movie’s cast in key supporting roles are such familiar faces (read: character actors) as Thomas Kretschmann (Avengers: Age of Ultron) and Emilio Rivera (Sons of Anarchy).
Agent 47 was directed by music video helmer Aleksander Bach (making his feature-length debut); and, by the look of the trailer, Bach has delivered a film that replicates the stylized aesthetic of the original Hitman video game series – and then blows it up (in some cases, literally) for the big screen. As for the screenplay by Skip Woods (the 2007 Hitman movie) and Michael Finch (Predators), it seems to adhere a bit closer to the canon of the very first Hitman game installment than the 2007 film adaptation did, in terms of narrative anyway.
Case in point, here is an official synopsis for Agent 47:
HITMAN: AGENT 47 centers on an elite assassin who was genetically engineered from conception to be the perfect killing machine, and is known only by the last two digits on the barcode tattooed on the back of his neck. He is the culmination of decades of research and forty-six earlier Agent clones — endowing him with unprecedented strength, speed, stamina and intelligence. His latest target is a mega-corporation that plans to unlock the secret of Agent 47’s past to create an army of killers whose powers surpass even his own. Teaming up with a young woman who may hold the secret to overcoming their powerful and clandestine enemies, 47 confronts stunning revelations about his own origins and squares off in an epic battle with his deadliest foe.
Hitman: Agent 47 opens in U.S. theaters on August 28th, 2015.
Source: iTunes Movie Trailers