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Motion
01-19-2007, 12:34 AM
Hitman Signs Olyphant
Contract set with Deadwood star.
by IGN Staff (http://movies.ign.com/email.html)

January 18, 2007 - Actor Timothy Olyphant, best known for his role in HBO's popular Deadwood series, has been circling the big-screen adaptation of the Hitman videogame for some time now. Just the other day, Olyphant told members of the press that he was not yet under contract (http://movies.ign.com/articles/755/755443p1.html) for the film.

But things change fast in Hollywood.... Today's Variety is reporting that the actor has now signed on the dotted line to play the lead role of Agent 47 in the 20th Century Fox flick.

The trade adds that Fox is eyeing the film as a possible franchise, and they've worked a deal for sequels into Olyphant's agreement.

French helmer Xavier Gens will direct from a script by Skip Woods. Luc Besson is producing along with Chuck Gordon and Adrian Askarieh. Daniel Alter co-produces.

Vin Diesel had been linked to the lead role, but passed to appear in Babylon A.D. instead.

Production on Hitman is set to get underway in Europe this March
Olyphant next stars opposite Jennifer Garner in Catch and Release. He'll follow that with the bad guy role in Live Free or Die Hard.
Already talking sequels!

rob19
01-19-2007, 12:37 AM
I played Hitman: Blood Money, it was good, looking forward to the movie.

PrepDogg
01-19-2007, 12:49 AM
Their making a movie about Bret "Hitman" Hart? :cool2:

Phinz420
01-19-2007, 01:00 AM
Im not sure I can remember seeing Olyphant play anything but antagonist in the movies I remember him in. I hope that the guy really puts a lot of work into this role.

TheMageGandalf
01-19-2007, 03:20 AM
Im not sure I can remember seeing Olyphant play anything but antagonist in the movies I remember him in. I hope that the guy really puts a lot of work into this role.

Dude, you seem to be more of a Hitman fan than even I am so I really feel for you because I think this guy will totally suck.

I really, really hope I am wrong because I was looking forward to this movie for awhile now.

With Diesel, although I knew he wasn't the best for the part, at least I had hopes that he can make it decent since I personally liked the character of Riddick and thought he could mold that over to Hitman.

But with this guy, the few times I've seen him act....ehhhhh...I dont see Hitman there at all....sorry:(

Phinz420
01-19-2007, 04:11 AM
Dude, you seem to be more of a Hitman fan than even I am so I really feel for you because I think this guy will totally suck.

I really, really hope I am wrong because I was looking forward to this movie for awhile now.

With Diesel, although I knew he wasn't the best for the part, at least I had hopes that he can make it decent since I personally liked the character of Riddick and thought he could mold that over to Hitman.

But with this guy, the few times I've seen him act....ehhhhh...I dont see Hitman there at all....sorry:(

I have to agree. While I will not say that I think Tim is a bad actor, he just never seemed to "fit" the role of what I have in my head as Agent 47.

Ive seen Tim act in a few movies, like "A Man Apart", "Gone in 60 Seconds", "Dreamcatcher", "Go", and "Scream 2" - but in none of those did I see anything that can help me formulate in my mind how this is going to play out. In each of those roles(except for Dreamcatcher) he plays antagonist with a little comic relief. How did they come across this guy to be Agent 47? I have no idea.

The one thing going for this film, is that early reports show that Skip Woods did a phenomenal job with the script. That actually came as a surprise to me, as I was very pessimistic over his abilities after being unimpressed with "Swordfish".

If this guy is truly a good actor, he will be able to pull this off. We'll have to wait and see, but Im definitely going to see the movie on opening night- the game's storyline has me that hooked.

Phinz420
01-19-2007, 04:17 AM
I also really like that Luc Besson is tied in as an executive producer on this film. He is responsible for Leon : The Professional, La Fem Nakita, The Fifth Element, and The Messenger.

Bruzer
01-19-2007, 07:52 AM
Yea I been following movie ever since there was just a hint that it was going to be made being a HUGE hitman fan. I made a thread in the lounge a while ago that had the script review. The people gave it a A grade review saying it was very good. I think the movie will work out got some damn good producers and directors doing it and the script I heard is top notch and sticks to the hitman franchise.

Caps
01-19-2007, 03:14 PM
Olyphant is a badass, I've seen him in 4-5 movies and almost every Deadwood episode. As long as he doesn't look like a chemo patient when they take the hair off, he'll do fantastic.

JPhinfan86
02-05-2007, 01:36 PM
I THOUGHT I had heard that Vin Diesel was set to play the leading role but backed out for whatever reason.

Bruzer
02-05-2007, 01:37 PM
Yea vin backed out thats what I read.

TheMageGandalf
02-05-2007, 08:43 PM
I THOUGHT I had heard that Vin Diesel was set to play the leading role but backed out for whatever reason.


Awesome sig bro.

I heard a LONG while back about a Splinter Cell movie in the works.

Too bad that Micheal Ironside isnt young enough to play the part but I'd still go see it.

Phinz420
02-05-2007, 08:57 PM
I THOUGHT I had heard that Vin Diesel was set to play the leading role but backed out for whatever reason.


I believe he backed out so he could do Hannibal the Conquerer, not positive though.

Samphin
02-05-2007, 08:59 PM
Jason Statham would have been perfect in my opinion. Perhaps he was TOO obvious a choice though.

Bruzer
02-05-2007, 09:17 PM
Awesome sig bro.

I heard a LONG while back about a Splinter Cell movie in the works.

Too bad that Micheal Ironside isnt young enough to play the part but I'd still go see it.


To bad snake would kick his *** :D

Phinz420
02-06-2007, 01:27 AM
Jason Statham would have been perfect in my opinion. Perhaps he was TOO obvious a choice though.

"Perfect" would have been David Bateson. He did the voice for the games and was the inspiration for the look of Agent 47 as well. He is also an Actor first and foremost. He does voice acting on the side, so he has the skills.

http://www.finheaven.com/images/imported/2007/02/davidbateson3yh-1.jpg

http://www.davidbateson.dk/mp3/hitman02.mp3


He just isn't well known in Hollywood, so they aren't giving him a chance. The problem I have with that, is that I don't imagine Olyphant drawing in any bigger of a fan base than Bateson would have. Except Bateson would have given a guaranteed solid performance.

Bruzer
03-01-2007, 10:21 PM
New script review movie is sounding very good script wise.

http://www.switchblademaniac.com/hitman_review.pdf

Motion
03-28-2007, 11:44 AM
Hitman Hunts Quartet
Four thesps added to vidgame flick.
by IGN Staff (ff_mail@ign.com)

March 27, 2007 - IGN first reported (http://movies.ign.com/articles/771/771788p1.html) a few weeks ago that Dougray Scott (M:I-2) would play the antagonist chasing after Timothy Olyphant (http://movies.ign.com/articles/756/756365p1.html)'s Agent 47 in Fox's big-screen version of the videogame sensation Hitman.

Now Variety reports that, in addition to Scott, four more thesps have been added to the cast of the Xavier Gens-directed action flick.

Olga Kurylenko (Paris je t'aime), Robert Knepper (Prison Break), Ulrich Thomsen (Festen) and Michael Offei (Casino Royale) will co-star in the film.

Hitman begins shooting in Sofia, Bulgaria this week before moving on to South Africa, Istanbul, St. Petersburg and London.

Bruzer
03-28-2007, 12:24 PM
Seems like it has a good director and producers so hopefully this movie will work out being a game movie the odds are against it. I am really hoping for a good movie out of it.

Phinz420
03-28-2007, 02:42 PM
Seems like it has a good director and producers so hopefully this movie will work out being a game movie the odds are against it. I am really hoping for a good movie out of it.

The thing about this film is that Hitman isn't a traditional video game. The story is believable, and filled with conspiracies and plot twists.

Honestly, IMO this is the one game that had Hollywood written all over it from the moment it became an original concept. There have been plenty of hitman type movies released in the past, but this story is unique and intriguing. I also think that there will be a ton of people that go see this movie without having any knowledge whatsoever of the video game(unless they are told by others/previews).

I am eagerly anticipating it's release. Luc Besson is a god!

Bruzer
03-28-2007, 06:18 PM
The thing about this film is that Hitman isn't a traditional video game. The story is believable, and filled with conspiracies and plot twists.

Honestly, IMO this is the one game that had Hollywood written all over it from the moment it became an original concept. There have been plenty of hitman type movies released in the past, but this story is unique and intriguing. I also think that there will be a ton of people that go see this movie without having any knowledge whatsoever of the video game(unless they are told by others/previews).

I am eagerly anticipating it's release. Luc Besson is a god!

Yea I agree I love its story but like I was just meaning so far there haven't very good game to movie adaptations but I hope this one breaks that mold.

Phinz420
03-28-2007, 07:12 PM
Yea I agree I love its story but like I was just meaning so far there haven't very good game to movie adaptations but I hope this one breaks that mold.

Oh I definitely agree 100% on that one.

As of yet, I havn't been impressed with any of the adaptations from video games. The first Resident Evil and Silent Hill I would have to say at least "didn't bother me."

I think they went the right direction with this one. Treat it like a REAL movie, not like a video game - all that needs to be done for that is use the game's story. The story already is perfect for a film, and Im very interested to see what Besson pulls off with this.

The Professional is up there in my top few favorite flicks of all time.

Agent51
03-29-2007, 02:50 PM
Their making a movie about Bret "Hitman" Hart? :cool2:

Hopefully they have a scene where he takes those floppy 80s sunglasses off his unbelievable greasy hair and puts them on some kid :lol:

As far as the actual movie goes, Jason Statham would have made an awesome Hitman. I've never seen Deadwood though so I can't judge this guy.

Phinz420
03-29-2007, 02:53 PM
Hopefully they have a scene where he takes those floppy 80s sunglasses off his unbelievable greasy hair and puts them on some kid :lol:

As far as the actual movie goes, Jason Statham would have made an awesome Hitman. I've never seen Deadwood though so I can't judge this guy.

Not half as awesome as the real Agent 47 would have been :wink:

David Bateson is the only logical choice!

In_Flames
05-18-2007, 10:46 PM
The first images from the film version of videogame Hitman have hit the web. The original casting choice, Vin Diesel, didn't end up doing the flick, so Timothy Olyphant will portray Agent 47 on the big, silver screen. They got the suit and the barcode right

http://www.finheaven.com/images/imported/2007/05/1476550xhitman1_FW-1.jpg
http://www.finheaven.com/images/imported/2007/05/1475550xhitman2_FW-1.jpg

SOURCE (http://www.filmwad.com/first-pics-of-hitman--2437-p.html)

Phinz420
05-18-2007, 10:52 PM
The first images from the film version of videogame Hitman have hit the web. The original casting choice, Vin Diesel, didn't end up doing the flick, so Timothy Olyphant will portray Agent 47 on the big, silver screen. They got the suit and the barcode right

http://www.filmwad.com/ul/1476-550x-hitman1_FW.jpg
http://www.filmwad.com/ul/1475-550x-hitman2_FW.jpg

SOURCE (http://www.filmwad.com/first-pics-of-hitman--2437-p.html)

Surprised me I have to admit. It could work much better then I originally thought.

Still though, this is going to definitely be a first for Tim in terms of the kind of a role hes taking on. Nearly every memorable role I can think of him as, he is one of the(if not the main)antagonist of the film.

Im gonna see it on opening night for sure. Ive heard good things about the script, but recently I read a rumor that said they were giving Agent 47 a love interest.....

Still, I used to always consider the story from Hitman to be perfect for the big screen, so i am highly anticipating this release.

Caps
05-18-2007, 11:04 PM
He looks good bald, that was my only concern. Olyphant will carry it through, I have no doubts, he can play the quiet badass like no other.

Bruzer
05-19-2007, 12:24 PM
He looks good I want to see him with a serious face would give you a better idea. Overall looks good.

Samphin
05-19-2007, 12:33 PM
Yeesh. I still think of Girl Next Door whenever I see Olyphant.

Anyway, he looks the part, but he almost looks too youthful imo. I always got the impression that agent 47 was somewhat of a grizzled vet. Tim looks like a college kid playing dress up. Perhaps some movie magic will help out here.

I still stand by Jason Statham though.

Mike13
05-19-2007, 12:43 PM
Maybe it won't be a total piece of ****.

DAFINZ
05-19-2007, 01:54 PM
Tim is a good actor, but those fan pics confirm my original worries: he's too young to play the role. He just seems like a kid in those pics especially without the deadwood 'stache. I know he can act, but I was really hoping for either Statham or Diesel for this role. Hopefully the movie won't disappoint.

Phinz420
05-19-2007, 02:59 PM
Tim is a good actor, but those fan pics confirm my original worries: he's too young to play the role. He just seems like a kid in those pics especially without the deadwood 'stache. I know he can act, but I was really hoping for either Statham or Diesel for this role. Hopefully the movie won't disappoint.

I dont think the age thing will be too big of a deal though. I don't remember the exact date of the time line at all, but I remember reading that 47 was born in 1964(Tim himself was born in 68) and trained for 30 years under Dr. Ortmeyer before escaping the Asylum.

So really, I don't see Tim as looking "that far" from the initial story age.

Phinz420
06-23-2007, 04:00 AM
Interview: Timothy Olyphant and Xavier Gens on Hitman!

http://www.finheaven.com/clear.gif

Timothy Olyphant – Agent 47
Q: Did you know the video game when you accepted the role?
Timothy Olyphant: I know Hitman is a video game. But I've never played it. My director Xavier played it, he loves it.

Q: Did he at least tell you how Hitman moves in certain situations in the game?


Olyphant: No, not really. Our discussions were never about movements. But I've seen some images from the game and I am aware of Hitman's poses. I heavily rely on the script and the story for my role. So I had a good idea of what Xavier wanted from me. With less information you often make better choices. I saw the images, they are very expressive. We didn't have to adhere to the game's template like slaves. I saw it more like a comic adaptation like Sin City or 300.

Q: Do you hold guns crossed in front of you as seen in the game's artwork?
Olyphant: Yes, I did. It's not the smartest thing in real life though. But we found moments where it worked. I always kept the images in mind. In one scene it fit. And it looks good. You have to have confidence that it works in the Hitman world.

Q: Were you afraid for this film, since earlier game-adaption-movies weren't well received? Olyphant: It's our task to bring the genre forward. When I read the script I didn't immediately think of a game. It reminded me more of the John Woo films, or of Luc Besson's (http://www.iesb.net/index.php?option=com_ezine&task=read&page=1&category=2&article=2740#) "Leon - The Professional" or "Bittersweet Life" from Korea. When I met some young kids a short while ago, they thought of Hitman as a really cool figure. That gave me confidence that it could work.
Xavier Gens – Hitman Director

Q: Do you like computer or video games?
Xavier Gens: Before I got this job, I was an avid PC-gamer. I love World of Warcraft for example. I have several characters there. When I got the assignment from the studio I told them I wanted to do something very similar to the game, doing justice to the original. But I want to tell a story and not just adapt the game. Part of that is to play with the character of Agent 47 and give him a background so that emotions reach the audience. The film isn't made just for the fans of the game. We take a few elements directly from the game, the lighting for example. The violence in the game is very important too. With Resident Evil you saw that the movie wasn't in with the original's spirit. That will be different with Hitman.

Q: Don't video game movies have to be suitable for kids? Gens: When I started working on this, the studio asked me to make it so that it would get a PG-13 rating. I told them I didn't want to make another Resident Evil or Silent Hill. To make it fit the game, there'd have to be more violence. After a lot of discussion I got through with my stance. I wanted to do my own movie and not someone else's.

Q: Are you working with the composer of the game's music, Jesper Kyd?
Gens: I asked my cutter to use lots of music from Kyd for the first rough cuts. We are currently asking for the rights. Our composer will, if we get them, make the music based on Kyd's.

Q: Is Hitman a clone in the movie?
Gens: We are not directly talking about clones in the movie. But one scene is very explicit. In one scene Hitman is being chased by another Hitman like in Blood Money.

Q: Was it difficult to translate all the cool things from the game to the movie?
Gens: I'm hoping for the second movie, I need material for that one too after all. In the first, I wanted to create the foundation for the character, so that he has a face.

http://www.iesb.net/index.php?option=com_ezine&task=read&page=1&category=2&article=2740


I think that this movie is going to have large appeal to mainstream action moviegoers. They seem to be aiming for multiple films as long as things go smooth, and I kind of like the fact they aren't going to delve too deeply into certain elements of the story to the point where it will be overwhelming for the average action fan to pick up on.

Bruzer
06-23-2007, 07:07 AM
Its sounding promising I hope they deliver.

DrewAlmighty
06-23-2007, 10:19 AM
The trailer will be packaged with Live Free or Die Hard

dolphan117
06-23-2007, 01:38 PM
If the studio makes this a PG 13 I might not even watch it, props to the director for not knuckling under to that.

dolphan117
06-23-2007, 01:39 PM
I mean what would be the point of a PG13 hitman movie? It would be even worse than making alien vs. predator a PG13. :nono:

Phinz420
06-23-2007, 04:15 PM
If the studio makes this a PG 13 I might not even watch it, props to the director for not knuckling under to that.

Thankfully theres no chance of it happening. Since the Director refuses to cave in on this, there just isn't any way for the Studio to get that done. They can't exactly replace the director after it's made just so they can make the edits they want.

DrewAlmighty
06-25-2007, 10:47 AM
http://www.finheaven.com/images/imported/2007/06/photozzz-1.jpg

Timothy Olymphant as Agent 47.

I honestly hope the trailer on Wednesday is a teaser. I hope it's him sneaking up on someone going to choke em out and it goes black.

Motion
06-25-2007, 10:58 AM
Can't wait to see this.

Scatman
06-26-2007, 12:09 AM
they should be decent movies.. would be really really hared to f them up.

Caps
06-26-2007, 11:34 AM
http://www.joblo.com/hitman-trailer-hits

Silverphin
06-26-2007, 12:00 PM
Looks promising.

Perfect23
06-26-2007, 12:03 PM
hey he actually looks better then I thought.

Caps
06-26-2007, 01:11 PM
They've gotten the look and atmosphere right it looks like, gonna have to see more to pass judgment, but it has potential.

DrewAlmighty
06-26-2007, 04:36 PM
http://youtube.com/watch?v=L-jT642x5dM

trailer.

Bruzer
06-26-2007, 05:35 PM
You can also see trailer here. http://kotaku.com/gaming/clip/hitman-trailer-hits-272206.php

I think it looks awesome personally his face doesn't fit the part exactly but if its executed as well as it looks like it may be (i agree though trailers can be decieving) it looks to be a good movie.

Phinz420
06-27-2007, 03:07 AM
You can also see trailer here. http://kotaku.com/gaming/clip/hitman-trailer-hits-272206.php

I think it looks awesome personally his face doesn't fit the part exactly but if its executed as well as it looks like it may be (i agree though trailers can be decieving) it looks to be a good movie.

The thing is, it shouldn't matter that he isn't identical looking to the video game representation. The reason being that the studio passed on hiring the actual person that the character was created from(David Bateson). This guy is an actor, and he is also the face and voice of Agent 47 from the game.

The studio heads knew that they would need at least somebody a little known to moviegoers, so they made a business decision. Thankfully, I think they got someone who knows how to act, and I am thrilled that this great story is finally coming to the big screen.

Phinz420
06-27-2007, 03:12 AM
My only gripe about the trailer is that in the logo at the end, they used silenced 9MMs to make up the T in Hitman. That kind of makes me think they didn't pay much attention to details because his weapons of choice were 2 Silver .45 Ballers.

Not a big deal, but it's something that I am surprised that they let slip.

Bruzer
06-27-2007, 06:55 AM
The thing is, it shouldn't matter that he isn't identical looking to the video game representation. The reason being that the studio passed on hiring the actual person that the character was created from(David Bateson). This guy is an actor, and he is also the face and voice of Agent 47 from the game.

The studio heads knew that they would need at least somebody a little known to moviegoers, so they made a business decision. Thankfully, I think they got someone who knows how to act, and I am thrilled that this great story is finally coming to the big screen.

I wasn't saying that he had to but thats what is causing like 90% of the complaints which I don't agree with thats why I said from way the acting looks his looks shouldn't matter.

As for the logo I agree I instantly wondered why they didn't use the silverballers.

Phinz420
06-27-2007, 12:41 PM
I wasn't saying that he had to but thats what is causing like 90% of the complaints which I don't agree with thats why I said from way the acting looks his looks shouldn't matter.

As for the logo I agree I instantly wondered why they didn't use the silverballers.


Yeah, after trolling some of the Hitman forums I saw the same complaints about how "he just doesnt look the part, Jasan Stratham would have been better". That argument has been dead for quite some time, and Stratham had never once even talked about being personally interested in this part, yet so many fans were urning for him.

It just seems that the studio was trying to make this film for more than just the Hitman fans, because if they were they would have simply hired David Bateson and could have done this film using a smaller budget. Hiring Stratham would have had him absorbing the budget similarly to what Vin Diesel would have done as well as typecasting the man into a role he has already done recently. We still wouldn't have had the "best fit" either.

I understand that he doesn't match the looks perfectly, but I just feel that everyone needs to get over that. Once I knew that Bateson wasn't going to happen, I had to do the same myself.