The “Hitman” games, especially the most recent reboot, have been acclaimed works built on the idea of stealth, cunning and cleverness rather than bullets flying and high intensity action.
Both film adaptations to date though have been duds, shifting the focus more to Agent 47’s genetically enhanced background and pumping up the adrenalin with fancy gunplay, damsels in distress and bad scripting.
Needless to say the chances of another film after two failed attempts are slim. At one time though, and not that long ago, “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn was involved with one. Asked today on Twitter by a fan for a video game that Gunn believed could make a good film, Gunn said:
“I tried to make a Hitman movie a few years ago. But the producers at the time didn’t want to make it R rated, so they passed.”
Interestingly both “Hitman” films to date, the first starring Timothy Olyphant and the second with Rupert Friend, ended up being rated R. Both actually were profitable thanks to global returns, but critically were slammed.
Other works Gunn has previously admitted to pitching that didn’t take off include a “Silver Surfer” movie and a live action “Spy vs. Spy”.