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Video-game adaptations are a dime a dozen, but it’s rare that any of them are worth even a cursory glance. The Resident Evil franchise, BloodRayne and Silent Hill are just a few of many that have fallen completely flat in their attempts to replicate the thrills of their source material on the big screen. However, based on casting alone, 20th Century Fox’s upcoming Hitman remake Agent 47 may actually be worth checking out.
With Homeland actor Rupert Friend stepping into the title role (replacing the late Paul Walker), and Zachary Quinto set to play the main villain, Agent 47 already has more going for it than most video-game adaptations. Now, it looks like the film will boast more than one baddie, with news that Thomas Kretschmann has signed on to play Le Clerq, the chairman of an nefarious organization called Syndicate International, which schemes to build its own army of assassins. »
- Isaac Feldberg
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Thomas Kretschmann, who plays Baron Wolfgang von Strucker in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron, and currently on IMAX screens in the Russian movie Stalingrad, has signed on to play another high-profile villain in Fox’s Hitman video game adaptation Agent 47.
Kretschmann will play Le Clerq, the chairman of an organization called Syndicate International, which is set on creating an army of unstoppable agent, in the film. I actually wanted to see him play Albino, since I’m a big fan of the game myself.
Rupert Friend is playing the title character in the movie, which was to have been a Paul Walker. The film was scripted by A Good Day To Die Hard‘s Skip Woods and Michael Finch, and is being helmed by commercial director Aleksander Bach.
- Kellvin Chavez
German actor Thomas Kretschmann, who is playing Baron Von Strucker in next year's Avengers: Age of Ultron, has signed on for the villain role in Agent 47, a reboot of 20th Century Fox's Hitman video game adaptation.
Rupert Friend stars as the title character, a deadly assassin with a barcode tattooed on the back of his bald head, with Zachary Quinto and Hannah Ware co-starring in unspecified roles. Thomas Kretschmann is portraying LeClerq, the chairman of Syndicate International, an organization which is striving to create an army of unstoppable agents.
Paul Walker had initially been attached to play the lead before he tragically passed away in November.
Aleksander Bach is directing from a screenplay by original Hitman writer Skip Woods and Michael Finch (Predators), with Charles Gordon, Alex Young and Adrian Askarieh producing. The reboot is based on the Square Enix video game, which has sold more than 20 million units worldwide. »
Variety reporter Justin Kroll revealed on his Twitter account today that filmmakers Mike Cahill (Another Earth) and Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) are on the short list to direct Masters of the Universe for Universal Pictures, with a final decision said to come as early as next week.
— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) February 26, 2014
No decisions on that but one should be coming in the next week #stopteasingyourscoops
— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) February 26, 2014
Another report from The Wrap adds that Chris McKay, who served as the editor of The Lego Movie, and Harald Zwart (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones) are also in contention for the directing gig. Despite never having directed a feature, Chris McKay is said to have the most momentum at this time.
(Cbr) Feast your eyes on the first image of "Homeland" actor Rupert Friend as the title character in "Agent 47". IGN scored the above image from a source on the European set, where the Fox International film is shooting. Friend stepped in to replace Paul Walker after the actor’s untimely death. Timothy Olyphant played the character in 2007′s "Hitman", which takes its name directly from the Io Interactive video game franchise. Earlier this month, Zachary Quinto signed on to play a part in the film, which is directed by Aleksander Bach based on a script by Skip Woods and Michael Finch. The film doesn’t have a set release date. »
- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources
With filming set to begin in Berlin next week on director Aleksander Bach’s Agent 47, 20th Century Fox has gotten a jump on the paparazzi by released the first image of Rupert Friend in character. As we previously reported, Paul Walker was set to play the genetically engineered and cloned assassin who sports a bald head and a barcode, but with his untimely passing, Friend stepped in to play the role. I'm a big fan of his work on Homeland and think he's going to be great in the part. While not much is known about the Hitman reboot (the first film starred Timothy Olyphant), we do know it follows Agent 47 in his task to protect a waitress targeted by a group known as the Syndicate. Agent 47 also stars Zachary Quinto and Hannah Ware. Kyle Ward, Skip Woods, and Michael Finch wrote the script and it's being produced by Chuck Gordon, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
A new movie based on the Square Enix video game "Hitman" has gone into production, this one titled Agent 47 with Rupert Friend ("Homeland") stepping in as the bald assassin for commercials director Aleksander Bach with a script from Skip Woods (A Good Day to Die Hard), Michael Finch (Predators) and Kyle Ward (Machete Kills). Yeah, they didn't exactly break the bank to put this one together. Zachary Quinto and Hannah Ware (Shame) co-star and as of right now there isn't a plot synopsis available or even a planned release date, though 2015 seems likely (or the dumping ground of early 2016) as production is currently underway with the first picture of Friend in costume has arrived online. The video game series revolves around Agent 47 (Friend), a cloned assassin-for-hire, whose flawless record places him in high demand among the wealthy and elite. »
- Brad Brevet
Rupert Friend (TV’s Homeland) is currently shooting 20th Century Fox’s reboot of 2007′s Hitman in Agent 47. The film was scripted by A Good Day To Die Hard‘s Skip Woods and Michael Finch, and is being helmed by commercial director Aleksander Bach.
47 is a genetically engineered elite assassin with a barcode tattooed on the back of his head. In the original film, he is hired by a group known only as ‘The Organization’ and is ensnared in a political conspiracy, which finds him pursued by both Interpol and the Russian military as he treks across Russia and Eastern Europe.The film was not well-received by critics, but was a box office hit, grossing $100 million worldwide.
In the this reboot, 47 is tasked with protecting a waitress »
- Kellvin Chavez
Filming on the new Hitman movie Agent 47 has begun in Europe and IGN was provided with this shot of Rupert Friend ("Homeland") on the set. Zachary Quinto and Hannah Ware are co-starring in the 20th Century Fox video game adaptation, directed by Aleksander Bach from a script by Kyle Ward, Skip Woods and Michael Finch. The Square Enix title (previously from Eidos Interactive) was turned into the 2007 movie Hitman with Timothy Olyphant in the lead. The Xavier Gens-directed action thriller earned just under $100 million at worldwide theaters. Click the photo for a bigger version! »
The film has been a long-time passion project for Brosnan, and it’s nice to see he was finally able to get what he’s referred to as a ‘labour of love’ off the ground and shortly into cinemas. And now a fiery first look at Brosnan’s ex-cia agent, Peter Devereaux, has landed online.
Peter Devereaux is an ex-cia operative who has been brought back in on a very personal mission and finds himself pitted against his former protégé in a deadly game involving high level Us Government officials and the Russian president-elect.
Donaldson (The Bank Job) directs from a script co-written »
- Kenji Lloyd
We've got a first look at Pierce Brosnan in spy thriller November Man , for which The Solution Entertainment Group is selling international rights at the European Film Market. Directed by Roger Donaldson and written by Michael Finch and Karl Gajdusek, the film co-stars Luke Bracey and Olga Kurylenko. The movie is based on Bill Granger's "There Are No Spies," the seventh book in Granger's 13-part "November Man" series. An ex-cia operative is brought back in on a very personal mission and finds himself pitted against his former pupil in a deadly game involving high level CIA officials and the Russian president-elect. Click the photo for a bigger version! »
As Andy Samberg, Will Ferrell, and J. J. Abrams sang back in 2009, 'Cool Guys Don't Look At Explosions', and guys don't get any cooler than Pierce Brosnan. So enjoy your favourite former Bond - possibly - as he walks away nonchalantly from a big bag of boom in the first still from his new action movie, November Man.The synopsis reads thusly: "An ex-cia operative (Brosnan) is brought back in on a very personal mission and finds himself pitted against his former pupil (G.I. Joe: Retaliation's Luke Bracey) in a deadly game involving high level CIA officials and the Russian president-elect."So not too much like The Matador then - which also saw Brosnan as an assassin - since it doesn't obviously include his character having a mental breakdown and walking into a swimming pool wearing just a pair of leather pants and some cowboy boots.On directing duty »
Directed by Aleksander Bach, from a script by Kyle Ward, Skip Woods and Michael Finch, Agent 47 is based on the bestselling video game “Hitman,” which has sold 21 million units to date. The latest and most successful edition, this year’s “Hitman: Absolution,” has sold 10 million units.
47 is a genetically engineered elite assassin with a barcode tattooed on the back of his head. In the original film, he is hired by a group known only as ‘The Organization’ and is ensnared in a political conspiracy, which finds him pursued by both Interpol and the Russian military as he treks across Russia and Eastern Europe.
Prior to his death, actor Paul Walker was set to star, but Friend eventually replaced him.
- Laura Frances
Exclusive: Hannah Ware has been set to star with Rupert Friend and Zachary Quinto in Agent 47, the reboot of Hitman which is fast taking shape at Fox. This was the pic that Paul Walker planned to star in before his tragic death, with Homeland star Friend taking the lead role. Aleksander Bach is directing a script by Kyle Ward, Skip Woods and Michael Finch, and Alex Young, Chuck Gordon and Adrian Askarieh are producing with Daniel Alter exec producing. The film starts production February 24 in Berlin before moving to Singapore. Ware most recently starred in the ABC series Betrayal and before that the Starz series Boss. She also starred alongside Josh Brolin in the Spike Lee-directed Oldboy. She’s repped by Wme, Independent Talent Group, and Liebman Entertainment. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Rupert Friend is playing the highly-trained assassin known only as Agent 47, who works for a mysterious organization and has a barcode tattooed on the back of his bald head. Zachary Quinto co-stars in an unspecified role. The late Paul Walker had initially been attached to star as the title character, before he tragically passed away after sustaining injuries in a car crash last November.
The project is based on the Square Enix video game series, which has sold more than 20 million units since the franchise launched. The game was adapted into 20th Century Fox's action-thriller Hitman, which starred Timothy Olyphant as Agent 47 and took in just under $100 million worldwide.
Though plot details have not been released, the actioner is based on the bestselling video game “Hitman,” which has sold 21 million units to date. The latest and most successful edition, this year’s “Hitman: Absolution,” has sold 10 million units.
- Justin Kroll
As it creeps closer to starting shooting, Hitman reboot Agent 47 is starting to gather more of the cast it needs. With Rupert Friend and Zachary Quinto already aboard, Hannah Ware is the latest addition.How Ware fits into the plot hasn’t been specified; indeed, Variety’s report gives no indication of the plot at all (so maybe it's just like the last film, ahaha). We do know that Friend is set to play the barcode tattooed agent and assassin whose bald bonce is the iconic image of the games from which the film is drawn, but beyond that Skip Woods and Michael Finch's script is a mystery.Aleksander Bach is the man charged with making this version of the Hitman franchise fly higher, hoping that the success of the game’s latest outing, Absolution, powers awareness, after selling 10 million copies. The cameras should start rolling next month. »
20th Century Fox’s fresh attempt to turn the Hitman game series into a film franchise is gaining traction. Rupert Friend is locked in to play the title character in Agent 47, and Star Trek’s Zachary Quinto is jumping aboard the film.Aleksander Bach is set to direct the new take on the character, working from a script by Skip Woods (who penned the original) and Michael Finch. Little has been revealed about what the plot will be – or, indeed, how Quinto will factor into it – but if it keeps the basics intact, Friend will be the bald, barcode-sporting assassin who gets in deep with a bigger conspiracy than even he is ready to deal with. Bach is set to start the cameras rolling in March.Chuck Gordon, Alex Young and Adrien Askarieh are guiding this one as producers, looking to boost the critical reception (the 2007 Timothy Olyphant-starring »
The movie will be directed by Aleksander Bach from a script written by Skip Woods and Michael Finch. There's no information on what the story will be, or who Quinto will be playing in the film, but the movie is set to go into production in March.
Quinto is a great actor, and he's currently on stage at New York’s Booth Theater starring in The Glass Menagerie. »
- Joey Paur
Zachary Quinto has an unspecified role in the upcoming Hitman sequel from Fox. Rupert Friend has also been confirmed as replacing Paul Walker as the title character. Shooting is expected to begin in March. Details on the plot of the film are being kept under wraps. Commercial helmer Aleksander Bach is making his feature film debut and will direct from a script penned by Kyle Ward (Machete Kills), Skip Woods (Hitman ’07, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and Michael Finch (Predators ’10). The 2007 Hitman film earned $100M worldwide off a $24M production budget. »
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