In an interview with GameDaily, producer Adrian Askarieh talked about the Hitman series, including both the movie sequel, Hitman 2, and even more importantly, the extra-long-awaited video game, Hitman 5.
As for the movie, it looks like they’re still waiting for a script at the moment, but are hoping to start filming by the middle of next year. The question was asked if star Timothy Olyphant would be returning now that he has a new TV show (Damages) going. Askarieh explained that they would definitely want him back, but it all balances on timing. As we all know, Olyphant would have to go bald as bald can be again in order to return to the role of Agent 47, and as simple as that sounds, it could have a big effect on his show and bring complications to the table. Askarieh was also asked if the rumor that it would involve 47 losing everything and having to get it back was true, to which he replied “That’s a part of it, yes, but that’s all I’m going to say on that.”
As I’ve said before, I’m a huge fan of the video games, but was personally let down by the movie. The story was messy and confusing, and it really didn’t feel like Hitman…not one bit. Even worse: I didn’t think Olyphant worked in the role at all. He’s a perfectly talented actor, but in that role, it was more distracting than anything else. Because of this, I believe this show preventing Olyphant from returning would be the best thing that could happen for the sequel. Get a better, more mysterious Agent 47 and build a simple-yet-compelling story that concentrates on him as an assassin, not some boring government cat and mouse game, and then you’ll have me peeking.
Speaking of the video game, Eidos has had us waiting since Hitman: Blood Money was released around the launch of the Xbox 360 for a new game. That’s almost FOUR years now! Hitman 5 has been in some sort of development for a long while now, and when it does come, it will be the first one to be completely developed for a next generation system, and that is the most exciting thing about it. As for details, there still aren’t many, but Askarieh has seen a little and this is what he had to say:
No, I haven’t played it. It’s not ready to be played, but I’ve seen some key material from it and honestly, it’s the most mind-blowing thing I’ve seen in terms of how a franchise takes it to the next level. I mean, they’ve done it with Just Cause 2, because Just Cause 2 is just so much bigger and different than Just Cause, and I love Just Cause. I predict Hitman 5 will be the biggest Hitman game. So the movie’s not based on that, but it’s a really unique, cool, creative storyline with ideas and interesting characters that we’re using for Hitman 2.
Word is that Hitman 5 is set for release some time in 2010, so if there should be something to see from it soon. Either that, or I’m just wishing and hoping way too much. If we don’t see something soon, I’m going to start begging!