'Hitman' Goes To Hulu Courtesy Of A 'John Wick' Mastermind

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If you've played any of IO Interactive's Hitman games, you know how episodic the setup is: Agent 47 and his bald, bar-coded head travel to locations both exotic and mundane - sometimes in creative disguise - and carry out murder assignments that involve espionage at the highest worldwide levels.

Hulu and Fox 21 reportedly want Hitman to become a flagship TV series, and the plan is to adhere closely to the video game source material. He's also going to be one of the show's executive producers going forward. Hulu and Fox21 are developing a series based on the franchise, set to release on the former's streaming service.

Will a TV incarnation of Agent 47's ice-cold assassination adventures hold yours? The pilot episode will be penned by Derek Kolstad, the creator and writer of the much-loved and violent John Wick film series. The first time was the universally-panned 2007 effort called "Hitman".

Some people point out one of the reasons why the two movies failed was because of an excessive amount of violence, which conflicts with the main premise of the game, which is stealth.

But if Kolstad can work his magic on Hitman, perhaps there's hope for video game adaptations, which can only boast Mortal Kombat as the perennial non-pixelated adaptation.

Kolstad's skill for writing assassins is, of course, pretty firmly established at this point though - hopefully he'll do a better job.

The franchise follows Agent 47, a genetically modified assassin who takes targets out in ridiculous fashion, often incorporating the environment into his kills. In 2015, the series returned under director Aleksander Bach with Homeland's Rupert Friend taking the Agent 47 role.

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