Derek Kolstad, who wrote 2014’s John Wick, will partner with Hulu and Fox 21 to create a TV series based on IO Interactive’s popular Hitman video game franchise. Deadline reports the show is intended to be “a flagship series.”
The Hitman series follows Agent 47, an assassin with a mysterious backstory. There are six entries in the series, with the newest game having released in 2016. Seeing as he will pen the pilot, Kolstad’s experience writing assassins will certainly be an asset in regards to adapting the franchise.
Kolstad created the John Wick franchise, which follows the eponymous ex-assassin on a quest for revenge. He wrote the first movie and scripted John Wick: Chapter 3, due in theaters May 17, 2019. He is also working on a television series titled The Continental for Lionsgate, which would be set in the John Wick universe.
There have already been two movies based on the Hitman series. Director Xavier Gens released Hitman in 2007 to negative reviews, though the film did gross $99 million on a $24 million budget. Aleksander Bach directed Hitman: Agent 47 in 2015. Like its predecessor, the film was critically panned. However, Bach’s film was less successful than Gens’ film and only grossed $82 million worldwide against its $35 million budget. There were plans to create a shared Square Enix movie universe following Bach’s film that have not yet come to fruition.
Hitman is one of several video game franchises that will get adapted in the next few years. Currently, movies based on Tomb Raider and Rampage are slated for release in 2018.
Produced by Kolstad, Adrian Askarieh and Chuck Gordon, Hulu’s Hitman does not yet have a release date.
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