Hitman 2 Has a Writer in its Crosshairs

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hitman Hitman 2 Has a Writer in its Crosshairs

It would seem that video games, classic toys, board games, sequels and reboots are all the rage in Hollywood right now. They are also the subject of much malcontent among audiences and bloggers. I even wrote an article recently discussing some of the video games-to-movie ideas being pitched by the studios as of late.

Well, 20th Century Fox is killing two birds with one stone with Hitman 2, which will be both a video game AND a movie sequel.

20th Century recently announced the hiring of Kyle Ward to write the script for Hitman 2.  A sequel to this video game movie may not be a bad thing. 2007′s Hitman was, by all financial marks, a huge success.  It only took $30 million to produce Hitman but it eclipsed the $100 million mark worldwide, and that doesn’t include DVD sales. Anytime a movie brings in three times what it took to make it, we can always expect a sequel.

No word yet on whether Timothy Olyphant will return to play Agent 47 but unless there is a big contract dispute or scheduling conflict, I don’t see any reason why he wouldn’t. Adrian Askarieh, Daniel Alter and Chuck Gordon, however, are already confirmed to return as co-producers.

Kyle Ward may turn out to be a very good choice as a writer. He has two other scripts currently in project development: Liongate’s Kane and Lynch starring Bruce Willis and the Universal/Platinum Dunes project, Fiasco Heights.

The only exposure I had to Hitman the video game before seeing the movie was watching the occasional video game trailer online and seeing the box on the shelf at Best Buy. I think the limited exposure helped me enjoy the movie a bit more than others. My friend is a diehard fan of the game series and his comments seemed to echo those of critics at the time. People seemed to think that the movie did not follow the game precisely, and in the video game/comic world that is a BIG no-no! Occasionally though, creative liberties are a necessary evil that can’t be avoided to make the movie flow better.

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Personally, I enjoyed Hitman the movie although Screen Rant‘s Vic Holtreman was a tad miffed at 20th Century Fox removing a lot of the violence that made the game so popular. Olyphant had the look of Agent 47 down and Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace) was beautiful and alluring as Nika Boronina. I thought the movie was very well paced, the action was fun and in some places very original.

If Kyle Ward can deliver the same thing this time around, then Hitman 2 should still do well at the box office.

Did you enjoy Hitman and do you think a sequel is warranted?

Hitman 2 currently has no release date.

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  1. I couldn’t even finish “Hitman” b/c it was sooo horrible, even the beautiful(yet can’t act)Kurylenko wasn’t able to save that film.

  2. I actually enjoyed Hitman as well. It wasn’t good enough for me to buy the DVD but I did enjoy it. I’m in for a sequel.

  3. There was that swordfight in the train station. See? Wasn’t all awful. 1% of it was just fine.


  4. hitman 2? are u for real

  5. Never played the game, saw the film- can not remember one single thing from it, vague recollection of gunfighting….


  6. I dont care what any of you d bags say, I love the game and the movie kicked ass, this is great and I totally wasn’t expecting it

  7. Boy you sure get a look at peoples personalities on this site don’t ya? Anyways, Hitman was 1 of the many video game to movie adaptions I actually liked, I’ll be watching the 2nd one when it hits.

  8. I loved Hitman but then, I’d never played the game. I had my son watch it too and he said that if he hadn’t have played the game then he would have thought the movie was pretty good. He’s still bent that Jason Statham didn’t get the role. He was a fan fave for Agent 47 from the word go.

    I thought Olyphant did a great job. They also stayed true to his character. Or as my son said “Agent 47 never has sex, never. That would have ruined the entire character from the game.”

    So I hope that Olyphant comes back. He worked hard to get the body for it – he’s usually a very thin guy. He even looked good bald and he was cool.

    I loved all the fight scenes. I loved that he kept his guns in the hotel ice machine. Loved the sword fight in the train. Honor among thieves/murderers? What a concept.


    Don’t be hatin’ dude. People like what they like and others don’t. Why be here if you aren’t interested in hearing anyone’s opinion other than your own? Feel the calm, embrace the calm, love the calm. It’s all good, baby.

  9. @greenknight333

    You know me. I’ll disagree vehemently if I didn’t like something but I’m not calling names. And honestly, I’m not sure what the “d” in “d bags” stands for. Dirt? Douche? So the poster at least gave me something to think about. :)

    Hopefully he/she will come back and be able to have fun next time. How boring would it be if we all liked EVERYTHING the same?

  10. I enjoyed the movie also, thought Olyphant portrayed Agent 47 great, hope he returns, then I’d see the sequel.

  11. I enjoyed for more than expected. As a diehard fan of the series myself I was a bit bugged with the fact that they only showed glimpses and small parts of his horribe upbringing. Even though it’s not a huge part in the games, it still a meaningful explanation to why the man, if you may call him that, is and does what he does. Olyphant was a perfect choice. I can’t remember one actor who’s been cast and as perfect for a role based on a comic book or video game than Olyphant was as 47. Maybe Toby Maguire as Peter Parker is in his class as well.

    I hope this movie won’t be what the latest Bond film is, a huge dissapointment in a franclhise that seemed to be gaining some credibility. Casino Royale was the best Bond movie by far and it was followed by just another, 80s and 90s esque bond film. Explositions, hot chicks and a story for the distracted.

  12. Hitman 2 was really amazing. It’s closely happen to the real how the agents work. It’s almost like that. The good thing is Timothy Olyphant performed it well. He is really a good actor, his personality of being 47 in Hitman, no doubtful. Silence is how the the agents work. No expression, no emotions. Great salute for you Olyphant.