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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Third time’s the charm? Hulu is planning a TV reboot of the video game franchise Hitman, Deadline reports. The pilot script is set to be written by Derek Kolstad. While the name may not be super familiar, he’s the creator of John Wick, as well as the scribe for the first entry, as well as the upcoming third film in the franchise.

Not only will he be writing, the pilot, but he’ll also be executive producing it alongside Adrian Askarieh and Chuck Gordon.

Of course, this TV series is based on the Hitman video game series that’s sold over 25 million copies. The game has spawned two other film adaptations: Hitman, and Hitman: Agent 47, starring Timothy Olyphant and Rupert Friend in the lead role, respectively. Sadly, both of these films crashed and burned with fans and critics. That being said, they did okay financially — not great, but okay.

It’s easy to see what Hulu sees in this franchise, despite its missteps. The concept itself is intriguing, and under the write guidance, it could very well become a big hit for Hulu, and could help to catapult the streaming service to new heights. Despite a few solid shows, it’s still very much living under Netflix’s shadow.

What do you think of this announcement? Is Hitman a good fit for a TV series? Let us know down below!

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SOURCE: Deadline

  • BlackManINC

    Finally!!!!, Someone within Hollywood is starting to get it!!! Most of these video games would be far better off as TV shows than theatrical releases because of the way the stories are told. I mean, the story of many these games are practically like looking at one episode after the other for f@cks sake. Other games I think would fair a hell of a lot better as TV shows are Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Final Fantasy, Mass Effect, >insert game here<. I would love to see a remake of Mortal Kombat as a TV series.

    • Victor Roa

      not everything, Street Fighter has never really done well anime or manga, even when they try to remold the series into “training to earn the chi to unleash demon mode” its tolerable. But never has room for the fun things like japanese school girl Sakura or Blanka. Because Street Fighter is a series of cultural caricatures jumping up and down on a screen. Mortal Kombat has a pretty solid lore that can be expanded on, Street Fighter is fan service but the all the fans want is hats of their favorite characters on Monster Hunter Felyn.

      • BlackManINC

        Its probably never done well because they never have the right people producing them in the first place. This is another major thorn in the side of almost every video game adaptation attempted, its the talent less hacks that somehow keep getting their slimy hands on them. I do agree with you on Mortal Kombats lore being better developed than Street Fighter though.

        • Victor Roa

          No, like I said, even if it was done right, it’s “tolerable” especially considering since the core developer goes back on it’s own lore with reboots, prequels and spin off games. The fan base isn’t really that concerned with adaptation and would rather spend money on hats for Monster Hunter instead. And most video game story telling is like trying to tell an origin story for Count Chocula, he’s just there, and you hope that the food coloring doesn’t give you cancer. And same could be said about Mario since Nintendo seems to understand Kart racing sell better then admitting he’s a plumber.
          What I’m trying to say the audience already knows this isn’t exactly art, fan service does more than an adaptation.

    • Aline

      Dude, I would love a tv series based on GTA. A dream I know.

      • BlackManINC

        Yes, they need to stop treating these video games as if they are even translatable to the big screen and start seeing them more as TV shows. The big screen hasn’t worked out for them so far at all, so they need to start trying something different. Hitman, with the games style of progression being in the standard way with “episodic” stages, makes it ripe for a TV series. Hitman is not a movie, it is a series of levels or stages that tells more of the story just like every episode of any TV show.

  • Victor Roa

    Not a bad idea, episodic would make it better.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.