However, the franchise will soon make its deadly mark in new territory, with Hulu's plans for a television series adaptation. He's called "Agent 47" because he's made from the DNA of history's greatest killers, you see. The script for the pilot will be written by John Wick franchise creator Derek Kolstad.
This isn't the first time the Hitman property's been adapted for the screen.
There aren't many details on the planned series, though Deadline reports that Hitman will "hew closely to the mythology of the perennially popular video game". The Hitman video game franchise began in 2000 and follows a genetically engineered assassin codenamed 47. 2015's reboot Hitman: Agent 47 (starring Rupert Friend as the eponymous hitman) basically sank without a trace after release. Despite both films turning a profit they both failed to launch sequels and received weak reviews. He's the face of the Hitman franchise.
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The Hitman series will be executive produced by Kolstad with Adrian Askariech and Chuck Gordon. Each new level typically finds Agent 47 in a different location chasing a new target, and while the games have overarching storylines and recurring characters, they commonly take second place to the gameplay itself. Yeah, they don't bring that part up all that much in the video games.
Hitman centers on Agent 47, a nameless assassin who initially works for the secretive International Contract Agency (ICA), taking assassination requests for high-end clients. Maybe the third time's the charm. 2007's Hitman, starring a weirdly cast Timothy Olyphant, was goofy fun but not particularly in keeping with what the series excelled at.