Hitman is officially heading to the small screen. After a couple of less-than-favorable attempts to bring the video game to the big screen, Hulu has decided that they're going to give a TV adaptation of Hitman a shot. While the movies have done little to make anyone think this is a good idea, Hulu has tapped Derek Kolstad, the man responsible for creating the John Wick franchise. He is going to write the pilot script and executive produce the new Hitman series. Considering how great John Wick is, this new series is off to a promising start.
The new Hitman TV show is a joint venture between Fox and Hulu. In addition to Derek Kolstad, the creative team for the project includes Adrian Askarieh, Chuck Gordon as producers, with Bert Salke, Jane Francis, Gloria Fan and Kira Innes producing for Fox and Jordan Helman for Hulu. While details on the series are scarce at the moment, it's said that Hulu and Fox have hopes that Hitman will become a "flagship" series for the streaming service.
This is truly the first major project for Derek Kolstad that doesn't take place in the John Wick universe. In addition to writing the first movie, he's written a script for the forthcoming John Wick 3, which is set for release in 2019. He's also said to be writing The Continental, which is the spin-off TV series set within the world of the John Wick movies. But, since Hitman involves a lot of guns and guys in suits, it seems like he's a good fit for the series and could be the guy to get a live-action version of the video game right.
Fox has released two Hitman movies over the course of the last decade, neither of which were big hits. The first, 2007's Hitman, starred Timothy Olyphant (Justified) in the lead role and made $99 million worldwide and was met with mostly negative reviews. The second attempt, 2015's Hitman: Agent 47, made even less, with just $82 million worldwide. That version features Rupert Friend (Pride and Prejudice) as the titular assassin and was met with even more distaste from critics and fans alike. Video game movies have always had trouble, but perhaps a Hitman TV show can work better.
Hitman was created by IO Interactive as a video game franchise in 2000 and has had tremendous success in that medium. To date, the games have sold more than 25 million copies worldwide. According to Deadline's report, this new TV series will "hew closely to the mythology" of the video games, which follow an assassin named Agent 47 with a very mysterious backstory. There's no word yet on when the series is expected to premiere, or who may play the part of Agent 47 this time around. We'll be sure to keep you up to date as more information on the project is made available.