When you make a film about a ruthless assassin, you know to expect at least a moderate level of violence. Unfortunately when you’re adapting a video game into a film, getting those teenagers to fork out for tickets is also a priority.
Twitchfilm reported Tuesday night that Director Xavier Gens has been taken off the film adaptation of the video game “Hitman”. This is not unusual, several films this year alone have seen rough cuts by foreign directors handed over to other filmmakers to re-edit or reshoot.
What is unusual about this situation is that the film Gens shot isn’t weak, but rather quite different than expected. Gens apparently took inspiration from John Woo’s early Hong Kong action film work, and so turned in an explicitly violent, very bloody cut of the film that would have guaranteed the film a hard R rating.
Apparently after seeing Gens’ cut of the film the studio removed him from the project and placed Nicolas De Toth in control of a new edit of the film. De Toth did a similar job earlier this year with Fox’s “Live Free or Die Hard,” changing a more bloody R-rated picture into a PG-13.
IGN followed up on the report late yesterday, with studio sources confirming that De Toth was hired, but strongly denied the rest – saying Gens is still working on the film which will definitely be “a true “R” and a not a “bloodless version.”