Zachary Quinto to Star in HITMAN Sequel AGENT 47

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Zachary Quinto (Star Trek) is the latest addition to Aleksander Bach’s Hitman sequel, Agent 47.  Fox International postponed its initial February start date on the film after the tragic death of star Paul Walker, who was set to lead the video game adaptation’s reboot.  The studio recently recast the role, tapping Homeland’s Rupert Friend for the lead.  It’s not clear what part Quinto would be playing, but what is known is that the sequel follows the title character in his task to protect a waitress targeted by a group known as the Syndicate, though she may be more than she seems.  Agent 47 will start filming in March, when Quinto will join straight from his New York stage performance in The Glass Menagerie. (Via Deadline)

Paul Walker Leads HITMAN Reboot in AGENT 47

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The Square Enix game Hitman had its chance at launching a feature franchise with 2007′s adaptation starring Timothy Olyphant, but Fox International Productions is giving it another go.  Starring Paul Walker (The Fast and the Furious), the reboot will be titled Agent 47, referring to the genetically engineered and cloned assassin who sports a bald head and a barcode.  Skip Woods penned the screenplay for the original Hitman and will return for another try along with Mike Finch.  Commercials director Aleksander Bach will make his feature film debut with Agent 47.  Hit the jump for more.

Weekend Box Office – TANGLED Takes in $21.5 Million; HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 1 Falls to Second

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The kids are back in school, the leftovers are congealing in the fridge and you’ve already run through all the releases at your local multiplex. Such is life on the weekend after the Thanksgiving Holiday.  The upshot is that there isn’t much to talk about in terms of box office.  We’ve got holdovers as far as the eye can see – and they’re not holding very well at that.  In fact, overall box office is down 13% this weekend from 2009 levels when The Blind Side claimed first place.

Title Weekend Total
1 Tangled $21,500,000 $96.5
2 Harry Potter 7A $16,700,000 $244.2
3 Burlesque $6,100,000 $26.9
4 Unstoppable $6,100,000 $68.8
5 Love & Other Drugs $5,700,000 $22.6
6 Megamind $5,030,000 $136.7
7 Due Date $4,215,000 $90.9
8 Faster $3,829,000 $18.1
9 The Warrior’s Way $3,051,000 $3.1
10 The Next Three Days $2,650,000 $18.3

Weekend Box Office – HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 1 Holds Off TANGLED For First Place Over Five Day Holiday

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For the second weekend in a row Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 heads the weekend box office, taking in an estimated $76.3 million over five days and bringing its ten day domestic total to $220.4 million.  Potter was not the only family film that enchanted over the Thanksgiving holiday: Disney’s Tangled pulled in an estimated $69 million in its five day start, besting many predictions.  Meanwhile, debuts aimed at the adult audience gave new meaning to the term ‘turkey trot.’ Burlesque, Love & Other Drugs and Faster all failed to pass $20 million after five days. Nevertheless, this was the second-highest grossing Thanksgiving on record after Twilight Saga: New Moon and The Blind Side took 2009.

Title Weekend 5-day Total
1 Harry Potter 7A $50.4 $76.3 $220.4
2 Tangled $49 $69 $69
3 Megamind $12.8 $17.3 $130.4
4 Burlesque $11.8 $17.2 $17.2
5 Unstoppable $11.7 $16 $60.7
6 Love & Other Drugs $9.8 $14 $14
7 Faster $8.7 $12.2 $12.2
8 Due Date $7.3 $10.2 $85
9 The Next Three Days $4.8 $7.8 $14.5
10 Morning Glory $4 $5.9 $26.4

Spanish Director Daniel Benmayor Might Helm HITMAN 2; Will Timothy Olyphant Return?

by     Posted 3 years, 330 days ago

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Spanish helmer Daniel Benmayor is in talks to direct Hitman 2 for 20th Century Fox.  While not a choice many would have guessed, Benmayor made a name for himself directing commercials for Renault, Mercedes, Heineken, Samsung and Sony PlayStation.  He recently made his feature debut on a Spanish movie called Paintball which is about a group of adrenaline junkies who get dropped in a forest for a paintball match but quickly discover someone is using real ammo.

While the first Hitman didn’t get rave reviews, the $30 million budgeted film made over $100 million worldwide.  It’s no surprise Fox wants a sequel.  The big issue for the studio is whether or not Timothy Olyphant will return as Agent 47.  That’s because the actor would have to shave his head and he might not want to, as he’s currently riding a wave of great reviews for his work on the FX series Justified.  More after the jump:

Fox Takes Out Another Job for HITMAN

by     Posted 4 years, 299 days ago

hitman_movie_poster_onesheet.jpgYou would think that they’re $39 million return (it was $100 million worldwide but it’s weak to cite that when it comes to tallying box office success) on the $30 million adaptation of the videogame “Hitman” would dissaude Fox from making a sequel since reaction both among critics and fans of the game (the two do not overlap because critics do not play videogames; instead we enjoy fine wines and discuss the finer points of 18th century literature) was lukewarm at best.  Despite casting the charismatic Timothy Olyphant as the genetically-engineered Agent 47, the film was stunningly dull with director Xavier Gens crafting flat set pieces that left you wondering if this was supposed to be an action movie.

But Fox is trying again and have brought screenwriter Kyle Ward (who also wrote the script based on “Kane & Lynch”, another videogame adaptation which mercifully hasn’t hit screens yet) on board for a new script based on the upcoming “Hitman” videogame due out in 2010, because if you need a great story, you can always look to videogames.  The story would focus on 47 “building himself back up psychologically and physically to reclaim his mantle as the world’s most feared assassin.”  I hope there’s a montage set to 80s music.  Also, is there an assassin ranking system?  Does he go online and check and see that he’s behind Agents 32, 10, and 98?  Why would they make such a website?  Because there’s a mantle and if everyone doesn’t know you’re an assassin, then what’s the point.

No word yet if Olyphant will return freshly shorn and ready to kill.

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