Hitman sequel gets first-time Hollywood director

Fox hires Spanish director Daniel Benmayor to direct upcoming <i>Hitman 2</i> film; production planned to start this fall.

Despite its modest $30 million budget and a bout of negative reviews from film critics the world over, the original big-screen adaptation of Eidos Interactive's Hitman grossed about $100 million at the box office. This figure certainly proved good enough to 20th Century Fox, which has already begun work on a sequel. Now, according to Deadline New York, Fox has hired Spanish director Daniel Benmayor to direct Agent 47's next Hollywood adventure.

Benmayor is a Barcelona-born NYU grad who started out making commercials for Sony PlayStation, Renault, and Samsung. His feature film debut was the Spanish language action film Paintball. Hitman 2 will be the young director's Hollywood debut. It's worth noting that the original Hitman film also had a relatively unknown director at the helm, Xavier Gens.

Hitman 2 the film will reportedly be based on Hitman 5 the game.

The question of whether Hitman star Timothy Olyphant (Deadwood, Live Free or Die Hard) will return in the lead role still remains unanswered--at this stage all that is known of the production is that Kyle Ward's original script has been redrafted by TV writer Daniel Casey.

Deadline reports the sequel will include elements from the upcoming Hitman 5 game, which still has no release window. Apparently, the film's plot will follow a downtrodden Agent 47 as he tries to return to his former assassin glory.

It appears Hollywood is rife with game adaptation scripts, following the recent news that Legendary Pictures has signed on to make a Mass Effect movie. There is also a World of Warcraft film to be directed by Sam Raimi; a telefilm based on THQ's Red Faction games; a new Mortal Kombat film from Warner Bros; and even a Rollercoaster Tycoon movie in the works.

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Crush_Project
Crush_Project

the movie would have been good imo if it wasnt named Hitman. Its like the director went to great lengths to blow the story line away, which is too bad, because the story line for hitman is unparalleled.

matrix_star
matrix_star

yeah, i hate Hitman movie. especially because that damn love story. "HITMAN is not about woman, bullet and Booooommmm", but about killing with stealth and style. yeaaaaaahhhh....... i hope HITMAN 2 is better 'can somebody tell me game based movie that really follow it games plot?, that will be great....

freequo
freequo

MacenKrace said true. First part was bad. Main actor wasn't made for this role...

MacenKrace
MacenKrace

First movie was bad enough, now we get a sequel? where is the world getting to?

ekultus
ekultus

Directors make movies so it could be good and it could dive bomb. The first one was ok for a movie I guess but sucked hard compared to the games. The only game I want to see made into a film would be Left4Dead or Demon's Souls. Boaf of dos would be epic.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

Hitman 5 the game. :P What a name. They should leave that as the official name for the game cover, that'd be hilarious, haha.

prioritymail
prioritymail

I doubt the sequel will be any better than the sub-par original, but this new director might give it a chance to do just that.

bungeeeman
bungeeeman

I'm with Fulgrim on this one, loved that game

XxFulgrimxX
XxFulgrimxX

IO Interactive needs to start Freedom Fighter 2 already...

skral2009
skral2009

hope the second one will have a better story, btw where is hitman 5?

wahyudil
wahyudil

The first one, despite the shallow plot, but the action is very cool and the ending is satisfying ... I hope the second can be same or better ...

richioso
richioso

thats why he said give us Hitman 5

Pseudoart
Pseudoart

IO Interactive have nothing to do with the movies.

firehawk998
firehawk998

If anybody at IO Interactive or Eidos is reading this please please forget making the movie give us Hitman 5.

Joseph-G
Joseph-G

THAT IS AMAZING I HOPE TIMOTHY OLYPHANT MAKE HITMAN AGAIN BECAUSE I DONT WANNA SEE OTHER ACTOR OK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

stziggy
stziggy

We gamers are to blame for this sequel being made. Too many of us went to see the movie. I'm just as guilty as the rest of you.

meconate
meconate

As with all game-to-movie creations, it will fail. They should've learned from their average reviews for the first Hitman and just stop.

Mogzsnet
Mogzsnet

I will admit that the actor in the first Hitman had 47 down perfectly. The rest of the movie was crap; the plot was brutal, the ending was REALLY lame, and the "love story" makes no sense as 47 is a cold blooded killer who cares about nothing but wacking people for bling.

wahyudil
wahyudil

The first one, despite the shallow plot, but the action is very cool and the ending is satisfying ... I hope the second can be same or better ...

digitalpro
digitalpro

Gamers need to understand that when video games are turned to movies, they are written for people who do not play video games. They don't want non gamers not to go see the movie

SLjimbolian
SLjimbolian

This one got direct-to-DVD/SyFy Channel written all over it.

mAniaCinBLACK
mAniaCinBLACK

thats great! i just hope this director knows what he's doing. it takes a hitman to know a hitman.

frog154
frog154

I wish someone would take a hit out on this film franchise..

valensim
valensim

This time I hope Jason Statham will be The Hitman :)

ZeerusX
ZeerusX

Tim O will probably take it, mainly because he'll be able to ask for more this time around based on how well the first one grossed, and his recent critically acclaimed Justified series. That, and he'll probably make more doing the movie then for 90% of working on another season (which he will probably do anyways)

violentken88
violentken88

So........ Where's the next Hitman game? That's what people are waiting on.

JohnMafia
JohnMafia

I liked the first movie. Felt like a poor man's Jason Bourne movie. Olyphant had the look and mannerisms down pretty well. Hopefully the sequel incorporates the disguise usage more. And makes it more about stealth than gunplay. Although that may not translate well into a movie.

Barighm
Barighm

Wasn't that bad a movie but there are some things I'd do better. The lead actor was too whimpy looking for one.

gobig4ever
gobig4ever

Olyphant had all the right stuff except a decent stunt and action choreographer, get some of michael bays buddys or the new stunt team thats out that did Ninja Assassin, then we'll have a movie game tie in worthy of something

Aggieman10
Aggieman10

Skip the movie and put the new game out FIRST!!!!!!!!!!!!

GC4ever
GC4ever

all i have to say is Timothy Olyphant better be in it if not i pass

ascoteton77
ascoteton77

- Kids, how would you like to go to...Blockoland - Meh - But the TV gave me the impression that... - We said 'Meh!' - M-E-H. Meh!

NoisufSJ
NoisufSJ

I hope Timothy Olyphant plays 47 again, he was good in the first one and really good in Deadwood. His new show Justified is really good too.

blackace
blackace

MrKyleKatarn No movie just a new game. Enough video game movies, look at Tomb Raider. Should've have been called Turd Raider. ****************************************************************** Tomb Raider movies were just bad. I don't know why they made a sequel. Angelina was the best part of the movie and she couldn't save it. We all know a new Hitman game is one the way. Have some patience. Please no more Tomb Raider games or movies. I would love to see a movie based on Heavy Rain though. Halo and Gears movies would be a given right about now.

Nihonjinjanai
Nihonjinjanai

The best thing about Hitman movie was Olga Kurylenko topless!!!

sboyer2
sboyer2

why not new game over this garb

cbrothe9
cbrothe9

Got to admit, he definitely got the Agent 47 walk down.

Taijiquan
Taijiquan

Loved Hitman movie and all the games. Hope Tim O gets involved in this. Deadwood rocks!

N0tYrBeezin
N0tYrBeezin

So who else is going to offer Olyphant a lead role? It is not like he gets major role like this every other week. I bet he will take it if offered.

HitmanDante
HitmanDante

@thorughfire You must not watch movies too often. Olyphant wasn't that good as 47. They should've cast the voice and facial template of 47, David Bateson.

BloomerNYC
BloomerNYC

something tells me Tim O is gonna say no..

FreakNasty651
FreakNasty651

the first one was alright... They should make a new GAME not MOVIE!

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

I misread the title and thought that the next Hitman game was getting some big-shot director, but when I clicked on the link and read this I was disappointed.

thorughfire
thorughfire

I heard that Timothy Olyphant is coming back as Agent 47, He's a good actor so I hope they dont replace him if he decides not to return. The only downside of the Hitman movie was that every other actor besides Tim sucked, They just didnt bring me into the story ,which was descent. They need to fill this movie with way better actors. Idk if I will see this in theaters but I will definently rent it on dvd.

MrKyleKatarn
MrKyleKatarn

No movie just a new game. Enough video game movies, look at Tomb Raider. Should've have been called Turd Raider.

MrKyleKatarn
MrKyleKatarn

I have a new found respect for Timothy Olyphant, He plays a semi trigger happy US Marshal in justified and I like how he plays Raylan Givens so far. Although I kinda wish he'd shoot more losers though.

dentui
dentui

PLEASE MAKE IT GOOD! Part one was a laughing stock and a kick in the ass to Hitman fans.