Hitman movie targets filming

Xavier Gens to begin shooting game adaptation in Bulgaria this week says <i>Variety</i>; <i>Desperate Housewives</i> star confirmed as villain.

Bulgaria is soon to be the site of many gruesome assassinations...on film anyway. Variety is reporting that Hitman, the upcoming 20th Century Fox film based on the Eidos game franchise, will begin shooting this week in the country's capital of Sofia. Befitting the game's many exotic locales, the movie will also be filmed in South Africa, London, and Istanbul.

As previously reported, Deadwood's Timothy Olyphant will play the lead, the bald assassin for hire known as Agent 47. Dougray Scott, who plays suburban suitor Ian Hainsworth in TV's Desperate Housewives, is locked in as the film's antagonist. Other cast members include Olga Kurylenko, Michael Offei, Ulrich Thomsen, and Robert Knepper, all directed by Frenchman Xavier Gens, who takes his first turn behind the camera of a big-budget Hollywood film.

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158 comments
zunit88
zunit88

The actor is not important...anything related to HITMAN is DAMN GOOD !!!

Barachops
Barachops

Dougray Scott is a great actor but I would rather see David Bateson (the voice of hitman in the games) in the role as hitman. Not just because he has the proper voice but he also looks a lot more like him than any of the other actors I have seen being suggested for the role. Have a look.

Master_Zandor
Master_Zandor

man even a shaved Bruce Willis would be better than the guy they got

kingdbev
kingdbev

They should have the guy from the Transporter be agent 47

Truf89
Truf89

Vin Diesel wouldn't be a serious actor. If he was to be in the movie than it would have to be action oriented. Timothy Olyphant is a good choose.

NotAFurry
NotAFurry

Maybe they should have mentioned Dougray Scott's previous villain role in Mission:Impossible II, not some stint on TV.

LordLeckie
LordLeckie

Hitman has a sophisticated lead and generally compelling if not interesting story so it shouldnt take much to make this into a decent if not great movie.

ArkansasBoy91
ArkansasBoy91

Wait a Second. I thought Vin Diesel was playing the Hitman

smith447
smith447

For once i'd like to see a movie that's off a game that's worth seeing.

Khnemu23
Khnemu23

The movie isn't important, although I hope it doesn't flop. I just want another Hitman game. I beat Contracts and Blood Money to death.

JCOscar
JCOscar

nice the game series is reeally awsome so i expect no less for the movie!!

frozendarkfire
frozendarkfire

What angered me is the fact that David Bateson auditioned for the lead role, and they wouldn't take him. Bateson would've been perfect for the role, as he is not only the voice for Agent 47, he is the character model, so it would be 47 incarnate. David Bateson is also 47 years old as of February 9th, 2007.

kemar7856
kemar7856

Vin Diesel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

TheGm86
TheGm86

Well it is better then Vin Diesel. Christain Bale could have been a good 47....Well Look wise anyway. I don't know who the hell Ian Hainsworth is. As long as it is more noir not Shoot out after shoot out, It could be ok.

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Timothy Olyphant? Weak... might as well have Howie Mandel play 47. At least he's bald by default these days.

everson_rm
everson_rm

Jason Statham would do a lot better (Transporter 1 & 2)!!!

swat1233
swat1233

lets hope the film wil become a succsess to make more game films

LorenaLarue
LorenaLarue

They should use the guy that did 47's voice in the games and have Timothy Olyphant lip sync to the lines.

ewjim
ewjim

I hope film will be good as game...

deadlyshadows
deadlyshadows

i totally agree to cast Jason Statham instead of any other actor...i had already said that to cast Jason Statham in place of van diesel when i heard that van diesel would be the agent 47..

Cyb3rLarrY
Cyb3rLarrY

The film will be shooted in Sofia - the capital of my country , COOOLLLLL !!!!

Kravyn81
Kravyn81

Dude...Timothy Olyphant?!?! WTF? I mean, I like the guy but he's not exactly who I think of when I think of Agent 47 :|

Bulldog19892
Bulldog19892

-Null- He would have been the perfect candidate, but there's one problem. He played the Transporter. He's best known for being the guy in the black suit, tie, and driving gloves in the Transporter, so making another movie where he looks almost exactly the same would be sort of confusing, and may cause problems with the creators of the Transporter.

-Null-
-Null-

Jason Statham (The Transporter 1,2 and Crank) should definetly be the HitMan of this film, cause if you think about it, i have a list. -He's half bald (needs to shave completely) -In the transporter movies, especially part 2 he ADORES his black suit lol -He got the voice -He can handle guns and do stunts -He can drive cars pretty dam good -Has that Hitman (ish) look in his eyes the way 47 does -Has the physique or the right body shape (No Homo lol) for a Hitman

BlaqueFyreStorm
BlaqueFyreStorm

'apsalar' "like somebody said its a hit or miss scenario with Timothy Olyphant.... still there was a big uproar about Daniel Craig playing bond but the film turned out really well..." he has a point... the thing is, you have to remember, that 007 is a multi-million dollar movie series that's been around for decades, they know the score, they know the type they need to pull off the role of James Bond. everyone knows how James Bond is supposed to act, and appear and whatnot. but half the people that would go to see this movie, wouldn't even know it was based off a game, so if they don't get the character 100% like 47 from the game, it's not that big a deal, except to the people who HAVE played the game

Taegre
Taegre

I still say they should take a more Film Noir approach to the Hitman movie. Last I heard he was chasing a witness in the film, which has potential but I think it should be something much more personal to 47. After all, audiences who haven't played the games will find themselves having to relate to a viscious killer in under two hours.

ron_mason210
ron_mason210

its cool that the movie is finally coming ive been waiting for it, but i think the the guy who played The Transporter should play Agent 47 yall should think about it!

furqan2006
furqan2006

i was waiting for this for a long time........................

apsalar
apsalar

like somebody said its a hit or miss scenario with Timothy Olyphant.... still there was a big uproar about Daniel Craig playing bond but the film turned out really well... Hopefully this will be good enough to be enjoyed in the end. anyway as a Bulgarian, seeing the film at some point is a must now :) ps the locations do connect to the Hitman universe, at least that we can be happy about

jesson
jesson

This movie has the potential to be good, let's just hope they don't f#$% it up. *ahem* Bloodrayne *ahem* Hollywood can be pretty good at screwing up source material.

majestikk
majestikk

Statham is good, but nothing like Agent 47. His voice is too damn distinct. I had enough of Statham's over the top action flicks. Too much BS for me. Transporter 2 was garbage, and Crank, was just a "marketing" experiment. I'm not saying I agree with who they chose, but Jason Statham wouldn't been any better. Let's just hope the movie doesn't suck, but it most likely will.

cybrog
cybrog

sSubZerOo i agree jason statham would prefect

madmaxx101
madmaxx101

At least Vin should play Agent 47 not this guy

asdfpo
asdfpo

Timothy Olyphant has no place in this movie, damnit! Put Jason Statham in the role of 47 and we might just get a movie worth seeing.

crippla87
crippla87

Looks like its gonna be another crappy movie

sSubZerOo
sSubZerOo

dude wtf come on, they should of chosen the actor from Transporter.. He has the build, the mentality, the acting and believability to be a professional killer.. Not instead they chose a horrible actor for the role that looks like NOTHING to the main character.

JIMK1209
JIMK1209

Timothy Olyphant doesnt even look like 47.

Wezker619
Wezker619

The guy who played in the Transporter should be Agent 47. Not the guy from The Girl Next Door.

Pfilosophy
Pfilosophy

Statham's got too much swagger. No stealth. And the voice is no good. Trust me, I think he'd rock playing an assassin too, but not this one. He's got the look and that's it. Let's test Olyphant out, k? At least it ain't Vin. He'd probably be a burlier, brawlier version of 47. At least with the Scream 2 killer, we've got the quiet cool down. Anyway, filming in Bulgaria, South Africa, London, and Istanbul!? Big-budget indeed!!