Hitman Videogame Movie Being Rebooted With Paul Walker, Michael Keaton Joins Need For Speed

Wreck-It Ralph is finally going to reach UK cinemas this weekend. If it’s not the first time our hallowed halls of the flickering light have paid host to a really good videogame movie then I’m going to need a sharp jog on my memory dial.

One previous, typically forgettable attempt to syphon off of the pleasures of gamepad wrangling for the movies was Hitman. It didn’t really come together. They filmmakers were smart enough to cast Timothy Olyphant in the lead but everything else was uninspiring at best.

And so now, that film’s screenwriter, Skip Woods, has written a reboot. They’ll be ditching the Hitman name and calling it Agent 47. The logic there could be pretty sound – this new title still means something to fans yet distances the two movies for everybody else.

That’s not a bad idea. Well, unless I’m not the only one who thinks of Get Smart any time there’s a numbered agent, anywhere…. Sorry, Sharon.

But they’ve lost Olyphant, who has bigger fish to fry. He’s Raylan Givens now and you don’t go back to Hitman from there. Well, not directly, anyhow.

So, according to Deadline, Paul Walker is the new 47. You’ll find fan art online that depicts Walker’s fast and furious co-star Vin Diesel as the character but… Walker himself? I don’t think anybody saw this coming.

Commercials director Aleksander Bach is to make his feature directing debut with the film so here’s his Red Cross commerical, Stars. It’s not very Hitman-y, but it’s probably his most lauded work to date.

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Meanwhile, the adaptation of Need For Speed that’s happening over at Dreamworks has added another cast member. As per The Hollywood Reporter, Michael Keaton will be joining the film as:

the reclusive and eccentric host of an underground supercar race where he invites the best drivers from around the world.

Keaton does just about the best eccentric. It’s not just the eyes, either.

Arron Paul, Imogen Poots and Dominic Cooper are elsewhere on the roster and John Gatins, of Flight and Real Steel, gave his brother George a hand on the screenplay.

At this point, it’s looking to me like Need For Speed has Agent 47 playing catch-up.

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