Hitman Absolution goes Hollywood in 2012 - Report

Keith Carradine, Marsha Thomason among dozen actors enlisted for Square Enix's stealth actioner; <i>Avatar</i> performance capture studio on-board; new game and movie due next year.

Earlier this week, Square Enix made Hitman Absolution official following trademark speculation. Few details on the project were included with the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 game's announcement, but now new intelligence has trickled out.

According to a report from the Hollywood Reporter, Hitman Absolution is tapping a dozen Hollywood actors and a noted performance capture studio for Io Interactive's new series entry.

Agent 47 getting help from Hollywood for Absolution.

Among the list of Hollywood acting talent named for Absolution is Keith Carradine (Cowboys & Aliens), who will play new villain Blake Dexter, and Marsha Thomason (White Collar), who will play Diana Bradwood, protagonist Agent 47's "handler." Other actors were not mentioned in the report.

According to the report, Square Enix enlisted the help of Hollywood talent because the new game "places more emphasis on the emotional human stories that evolve."

"There are more central characters in this game than we've ever dealt with before and they all have names and an important role in the story, so working with Hollywood talent was crucial to us," said game director Tore Blystad. "It's important within the framework of the game for players to be able to connect with these characters."

Absolution will also benefit from Hollywood performance capture firm Giant Studios, the team that brought the Na'vi to life in James Cameron's Avatar and Gollum from Lord of the Rings on the silver screen. Additionally, Giant Studios has worked on various game projects.

Further, the report offered sales statistics for the franchise, saying the series has sold over 10 million copies since debuting in 2000, with the latest entry--2006's Blood Money--selling 2.1 million units.

The report also mentioned the upcoming Hitman movie, which is currently in production at Fox, with Adrian Askarieh (Hitman) and Chuck Gordon (Die Hard) producing. The latest draft of the movie's script was penned by Daniel Casey (Jimmy Six).

The report closes by stating that Square Enix is hoping to ship both the Hitman game and movie in 2012, though more specific dates were not offered.

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42 comments
iNsaneMilesy
iNsaneMilesy

If you want a Hitman film, go watch a Jason Statham movie. Guy shoulda been cast from the start, then kicked the writer in the face after reading the script.

sam85_
sam85_

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CieloPerso
CieloPerso

No mention of David Bateson or Jesper Kyd... I'm not happy at all about losing Vivienne McKee, or the idea of turning Hitman into Hollywood drama. What is this about emotional human stories? There was a reason for us not knowing more about Diana than her first name. Please, please, please do NOT ruin one of my favorite game series of all time.

jrjcobra
jrjcobra

emotional human stories?? Lame I just want to kill targets while wearing a clown suit.

Smokey2003
Smokey2003

They already confirmed it's not a movie tie-in, so don't worry about that.

KrazzyDJ
KrazzyDJ

Games made for movies around their release is common stuff. Come 2012, we're starting to see movies made for games. Cheers to video games !!!

Killingspree303
Killingspree303

We've waited a long for time for a new Hitman game, and finally it's confirmed! Just hope it's good, even though it might be a movie tie-in.

bonxt250
bonxt250

Stay with the game. You cant experience the action in the movie.

muzza93
muzza93

Bad news. Just make an original Hitman game, no movie tie in. Not getting my hopes up. Hitman series is amazing, hope this is good, tho im unsure

Nauticshadow
Nauticshadow

the bad movie is going to lead to a bad game. Ex. See Tomb Raider

wedran123
wedran123

Ummm hitman already has a movie....and its badass

pakhair
pakhair

Hitman games are awesome and I've played them over and over again, Till I got SA in every mission. This time they should make it easy for new comers but should keep some incentive for pros. I have also become rusty because stealth genre is evolving into action slowly and the changes have been spectacular (e.g SC Conviction, MGS 4). So new action oriented ideas will be appreciated. Oh and one more thing emotions in Hitman game, That's what I've been waiting for, Hitman movie Sequel I wish they have learned from the past. Movie was terrible and didn't captured or should I say didn't passed close to the essence of 47

finalserenade75
finalserenade75

@WillYouKindly "The report also mentioned the upcoming Hitman movie, which is currently in production at Fox" This is what I was talking about. As for the game, then yes I'm very happy to hear about it and am very hyped for it. I honestly can't describe how much I've been waiting for a Hitman 5. However, I read before that there's a movie coming along with the game (releasing at around the same time) and the end of this article talks about it too and I'm a little more than worried about how it would end up.

s_h_a_d_o
s_h_a_d_o

I loled at the blanket generalisations and misinformative reportage in the article though - typical f-ing Hollywood. :roll:

vader501st
vader501st

Read the article, people. It's not a movie tie-in. Square is putting Hollywood actors to do the voice acting/motion capture of the game. The article also mentions a sequel to the Hitman movie, regardless of being a tie-in with Absolution.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

Did I just read 'movie tie-in'? Oh crap:( . The first movie was surprising, as it was almost a watchable movie. I just hope the new movie doesn't ruin the game I have been waiting 5 years for.

Xxhed_shotxX
Xxhed_shotxX

YES!!! EVEN BETTER!!! A Game and a movie! my dreams are coming true :)

brothersinarmsb
brothersinarmsb

Their making a sequel to the first Hitman movie?The movie was terrible get a new director who actually play'd the hitman games and get a better actor for number 47 who is older and good at acting

Muteki_X
Muteki_X

@ WillYouKindly Thank you. I was looking for something to go with my "Epic Fail" demotivational poster, and you gave me gold.

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

@WillYouKindly - I think it's you that didn't read the article. This IS about the Hitman movie tied in with the upcoming Absolution game... just saying before you go shouting others down for not reading it when you didn't read it yourself.

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

Hitman is one of the few game-to-film's that I genuinely enjoyed.... whilst Olyphant didn't quite scream 47 in pure looks, I thought he did the role justice. I hope they get him again for this next one.

freestyler_85
freestyler_85

Timothy Olyphant ? ...lol he wasn't a good Hitman by any means. Any real fan of the series knows that.

Max_Payne2011
Max_Payne2011

this game is going to be awesome. I can't wait for it. for the PC from day 1, in you face, rockstar!!

gamingfrendly
gamingfrendly

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Stoopid_Fool
Stoopid_Fool

Does anyone know if Timothy Olyphant will be returning in the Hitman movie? I think he's an alright actor and good for that role.

WillYouKindly
WillYouKindly

@kennythomas, finalserenade & sideshowboots: It's not a movie, it's a game!! Can't you read the article?!

Sw1tched
Sw1tched

No Timothy Olyphant?? ..... Awuful already, i'm out.

Icehearted
Icehearted

@unacomn Let's be happy they didn't put mascara and spikey hair on 47, made him do back flips, and made everything neon and glossy. This is Square, the less they do to turn this into a Square property the better. Not that I'm sure it was their call to change Diana's voice. I'm just worried this could be the beginning of a very bad thing.

jarofdirt882
jarofdirt882

I do like the sound of this. Bringing on that particular motion capture studio bodes well for the game (unless of course they spend all the money on motion capture and not on the core game things)

unacomn
unacomn

They changed Diana's voice actress? Nuts! I liked her voice. After four games, changing one of the main characters, even unseen ones, isn't really a nice move. It would be like the X series changing the voice of the computer. It's not something you should do. Here's hoping it won't affect the interpretation I had of the character.

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

If this movie actually happen's I hope they don't get that Timothy Olyphant he ruined the last movie and he is one of the worst actors, well except for is minor role in the gone in sixty seconds remake.

finalserenade75
finalserenade75

Meh, I'll watch it but I'll probably end up pretending it never happened. I love Hitman, but a movie adaptation might end up ruining it for me.

sideshowboots
sideshowboots

I hope to god it's not as bad as the last movie