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Paul Walker is Agent 47 for Fox's Hitman Reboot

Feb. 6, 2013by: Jesse Giroux

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Deadline has an exclusive that Fox International Productions is rebooting HITMAN and Paul Walker has signed on as the bald headed lead. The film, called AGENT 47, comes from a script by Skip Woods (who also did script duties for the original) and Michael Finch. Behind the camera for his first directing duties on a feature film is Aleksander Bach, who is known for his commercials for Nike, Chevorlet, and others.

The original film from 2007, starring Timothy Olyphant, made over $100 million worldwide and another $27 million in DVD sales. Fox believes that there's potential to increase those numbers in AGENT 47, especially in foreign markets.

I've dabbled in the games a bit and watched the movie, but the idea of rebooting HITMAN is a little absurd to me. There have been so many fantastic video games that would make great films, so why double dip...besides for the money of course? How is it we're getting a reboot of HITMAN already (and there's been like a dozen RESIDENT EVIL movies), but no Halo or BioShock films yet?

After Paul Walker finishes up his global press tour for FAST AND FURIOUS 6 (sometime this summer), filming will start in Berlin and Singapore. Of course they also have to wait for Paul Walker to shave his head first. 

Extra Tidbit: Hardcore HITMAN fans: will you watch this? Do you WANT this?
Source: Deadline

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2:37PM on 02/07/2013
I'm sure these casting directors haven't played the game, watched someone play the game, or even watched a video of the game on youtube.
I'm sure these casting directors haven't played the game, watched someone play the game, or even watched a video of the game on youtube.
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10:57AM on 02/07/2013
I think Paul Walker is happy just to get a role outside the Fast and Furious
I think Paul Walker is happy just to get a role outside the Fast and Furious
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10:20AM on 02/07/2013

Paul Walker as....

a stoic, robotic role that anybody who could do a line without laughing and fits the build? Perfect casting. I'm sure that with a corporate whore directing this beige turd of an actor the film will make bank in product placement alone.
a stoic, robotic role that anybody who could do a line without laughing and fits the build? Perfect casting. I'm sure that with a corporate whore directing this beige turd of an actor the film will make bank in product placement alone.
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12:36AM on 02/07/2013
Call me crazy but wouldn't Jonny Lee Miller be perfect for this role, just my opinion
Call me crazy but wouldn't Jonny Lee Miller be perfect for this role, just my opinion
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12:34AM on 02/07/2013

WALKER

I think 75% of the Paul Walker hate stems from people mistaking him for Hayden Christensen.

Walker has never been the horrible actor he's been accused of. He is always good, and at times he can be great. Just see Running Scared if you don't believe me. Running Scared is an amazing film! And I cannot wait for his reunion with with director Wayne Kramer in the upcoming PAWN SHOP CHRONICLES!

In addition, I've never understood the overwhelming fanfare for Timothy Olyphant. Aside from A
I think 75% of the Paul Walker hate stems from people mistaking him for Hayden Christensen.

Walker has never been the horrible actor he's been accused of. He is always good, and at times he can be great. Just see Running Scared if you don't believe me. Running Scared is an amazing film! And I cannot wait for his reunion with with director Wayne Kramer in the upcoming PAWN SHOP CHRONICLES!

In addition, I've never understood the overwhelming fanfare for Timothy Olyphant. Aside from A PERFECT GETAWAY and DEADWOOD, he's typically come across as wooden and/or douchey to me (typically because he usually played douchebags). I think I also have a grudge because I'm tired of seeing him in western roles. It seems that because he wears a cowboy hat in JUSTIFIED, Hollywood therefore believes him to be the only actor capable of playing in westerns. I nearly tore my hair out when he voiced The Man With No Name in RANGO. He lacks presence or charisma in my opinion... and he's the lamest DIE HARD villain to date.
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10:21AM on 02/07/2013
Admirable, but mistaken.
Admirable, but mistaken.
11:22PM on 02/06/2013
Yowza, what a trade down from Timothy Olyphant! Paul Walker would be the worst actor of his generation if it wasn't for Hayden Christensen and Emile Hirsch.
Yowza, what a trade down from Timothy Olyphant! Paul Walker would be the worst actor of his generation if it wasn't for Hayden Christensen and Emile Hirsch.
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6:16PM on 02/06/2013
"I like his haircut."
"I like his haircut."
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4:23PM on 02/06/2013

Well, I can mark this one off...

My list of movies I would like to see. My god, how on earth does he continue to get roles? He is one of the WORST actors I have ever seen. Why not just continue to put him in bad cop movies or race car movies so I won't want to see anything he is in.
My list of movies I would like to see. My god, how on earth does he continue to get roles? He is one of the WORST actors I have ever seen. Why not just continue to put him in bad cop movies or race car movies so I won't want to see anything he is in.
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3:51PM on 02/06/2013

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Hated the first one don't care about a reboot.
Hated the first one don't care about a reboot.
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3:47PM on 02/06/2013
Ummm...this is the second time that they're ignoring the age of the character. Strike one. Hiring a pretty boy who nobody will take seriously. Strike two.
Ummm...this is the second time that they're ignoring the age of the character. Strike one. Hiring a pretty boy who nobody will take seriously. Strike two.
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3:32PM on 02/06/2013
What a truly uninspired choice. Good for him I guess. I hope he surprises me.
What a truly uninspired choice. Good for him I guess. I hope he surprises me.
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3:27PM on 02/06/2013

ugh.

This is my favorite game series. I have no idea why they cannot adapt a video game successfully. Just cast Bryan Cranston and use some digital shit like in Tron Legacy. He has the perfect look, albeit way too old, in Breaking Bad.
This is my favorite game series. I have no idea why they cannot adapt a video game successfully. Just cast Bryan Cranston and use some digital shit like in Tron Legacy. He has the perfect look, albeit way too old, in Breaking Bad.
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3:21PM on 02/06/2013
I assume this will not include Olga Kurylenko strutting around topless again. Therefore there is little to no reason for this idea.
I assume this will not include Olga Kurylenko strutting around topless again. Therefore there is little to no reason for this idea.
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2:58PM on 02/06/2013
I don't even remember asking for the first one.
I don't even remember asking for the first one.
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2:29PM on 02/06/2013
Uhh, no thanks. I'll just stick with the new hitman game that came out a few months back.
Uhh, no thanks. I'll just stick with the new hitman game that came out a few months back.
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1:09PM on 02/06/2013

think twice

I find that Paul Walker is vastly under rated. I find him actually to be an excellent actor if he would be given good roles. Point in passing has anyone every seen him in the movie Running Scared.
I find that Paul Walker is vastly under rated. I find him actually to be an excellent actor if he would be given good roles. Point in passing has anyone every seen him in the movie Running Scared.
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9:30PM on 02/06/2013
Running Scared is his best film. He was phenomenal in that film compared to anything else he has done with this films. The film is great.
Running Scared is his best film. He was phenomenal in that film compared to anything else he has done with this films. The film is great.
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1:03PM on 02/06/2013

booo

In my opinion the first move was guilty fun, and was not bad at all for how over the top it was. I like Olyphant, but walked I just cant see doing it and like it said why reboot? His character doesn't need an origin story, just tell another story with him in it.
In my opinion the first move was guilty fun, and was not bad at all for how over the top it was. I like Olyphant, but walked I just cant see doing it and like it said why reboot? His character doesn't need an origin story, just tell another story with him in it.
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12:52PM on 02/06/2013

wow and i thought Olyphant was miscast...

i was dead wrong.
i was dead wrong.
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12:37PM on 02/06/2013
This has disaster written all over it. It's a shame, because a movie version of Hitman has a lot of potential if they cast right and had a director that's done something else than car ads. Ugh, but Paul Walker?? Really?
This has disaster written all over it. It's a shame, because a movie version of Hitman has a lot of potential if they cast right and had a director that's done something else than car ads. Ugh, but Paul Walker?? Really?
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12:27PM on 02/06/2013

Keanu aside...

Paul Walker is the worst actor in Hollywood, guess it doesn't matter much since this movie would be garbage no matter who's in it. Walker's perfect for a sure-to-be lousy video game movie.
Paul Walker is the worst actor in Hollywood, guess it doesn't matter much since this movie would be garbage no matter who's in it. Walker's perfect for a sure-to-be lousy video game movie.
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12:16PM on 02/06/2013
Vin Diesel or Jason Statham are the perfect actors for this role.. Paul Walker? WTF!! Is like casting Tyler Perry for Black Panther.. Terrible.
Vin Diesel or Jason Statham are the perfect actors for this role.. Paul Walker? WTF!! Is like casting Tyler Perry for Black Panther.. Terrible.
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3:25PM on 02/06/2013
yes, because they are bald... are you serious? They don't suit the character whatsoever. You need a stealthy assassin, not a muscle guy. You do realize that there is something called a razor and that an actor can actually cut his hair for a role?
yes, because they are bald... are you serious? They don't suit the character whatsoever. You need a stealthy assassin, not a muscle guy. You do realize that there is something called a razor and that an actor can actually cut his hair for a role?
6:13PM on 02/07/2013
Jason Statham is identical to Hitman.. come on!
Jason Statham is identical to Hitman.. come on!
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11:50AM on 02/06/2013
Bwahahahahahahahaha!
Bwahahahahahahahaha!
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11:22AM on 02/06/2013

Nope, he will just look stupid.

The last Hitman movie was a complete waste of time and money. It was horrible. I somehow think this remake will be even worse though... He needs to be stealthy, slow and pinpoint accurate. They will make him a run and gun secret agent.
The last Hitman movie was a complete waste of time and money. It was horrible. I somehow think this remake will be even worse though... He needs to be stealthy, slow and pinpoint accurate. They will make him a run and gun secret agent.
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11:06AM on 02/06/2013
Unless this has street racing in it keep this dude far far away!
Unless this has street racing in it keep this dude far far away!
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10:59AM on 02/06/2013
Reboot? I'd rather want this to be a sequel.
Reboot? I'd rather want this to be a sequel.
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10:20AM on 02/06/2013
Oh, fuck no.
What the hell are they thinking? Paul Walker as Agent 47? I mean, Timothy Olyphant was a little young looking for the role, but at least he could be convincing as the character. This is bizarre casting. I can only imagine that this adaptation is going to be even LESS faithful to the source material. Which sucks, because there are a lot of good things about the games even though they aren't particularly story driven, and it would be real nice to see them get an actual
Oh, fuck no.
What the hell are they thinking? Paul Walker as Agent 47? I mean, Timothy Olyphant was a little young looking for the role, but at least he could be convincing as the character. This is bizarre casting. I can only imagine that this adaptation is going to be even LESS faithful to the source material. Which sucks, because there are a lot of good things about the games even though they aren't particularly story driven, and it would be real nice to see them get an actual adaptation.
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10:15AM on 02/06/2013
This is fucking terrible.
This is fucking terrible.
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10:08AM on 02/06/2013

My thoughts....

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10:06AM on 02/06/2013

Oh I get it...

It's April 1st, right? Right?
It's April 1st, right? Right?
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9:57AM on 02/06/2013

What the...

...fuq?
...fuq?
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9:37AM on 02/06/2013

WTF?

What the hell is this? Hitman is a calm and subtle performance. I like Paul Walker but he has a tendency to be loud and overact. We haven't heard anything on this film in years and they just come out saying Paul Walker is starring and they're shooting in summer? Do studios love butchering video game films? The first Hitman made $100 million, why recast? WTF.
What the hell is this? Hitman is a calm and subtle performance. I like Paul Walker but he has a tendency to be loud and overact. We haven't heard anything on this film in years and they just come out saying Paul Walker is starring and they're shooting in summer? Do studios love butchering video game films? The first Hitman made $100 million, why recast? WTF.
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9:34AM on 02/06/2013

WTF?

What the hell is this? Hitman is a calm and subtle performance. I like Paul Walker but he has a tendency to be loud and overact. We haven't heard anything on this film in years and they just come out saying Paul Walker is starring and they're shooting in summer? Do studios love butchering video game films? The first Hitman made $100 million, why recast? WTF.
What the hell is this? Hitman is a calm and subtle performance. I like Paul Walker but he has a tendency to be loud and overact. We haven't heard anything on this film in years and they just come out saying Paul Walker is starring and they're shooting in summer? Do studios love butchering video game films? The first Hitman made $100 million, why recast? WTF.
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9:34AM on 02/06/2013
I like Walker but this is terrible casting. They should have gotten Jason Statham. He would have been perfect.
I like Walker but this is terrible casting. They should have gotten Jason Statham. He would have been perfect.
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9:32AM on 02/06/2013

Confused

I am a little thrown by this casting choice.

When they rebooted Judge Dredd. Going from Stallone to Urban was a terrific move. This, however, seems to be pointing in the opposite direction.
I am a little thrown by this casting choice.

When they rebooted Judge Dredd. Going from Stallone to Urban was a terrific move. This, however, seems to be pointing in the opposite direction.
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8:53AM on 02/06/2013
I still couldn't understand why they totally removed the clone angle and didn't stick to the 'silent assassin' concept. Especially the silent assassin part. Heck, the first scenes of The Mechanic look closer to the Hitman franchise than the Hitman movie itself. With Skip Woods still as screenwriter, I don't see how this movie will be any better than the first.
I still couldn't understand why they totally removed the clone angle and didn't stick to the 'silent assassin' concept. Especially the silent assassin part. Heck, the first scenes of The Mechanic look closer to the Hitman franchise than the Hitman movie itself. With Skip Woods still as screenwriter, I don't see how this movie will be any better than the first.
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8:48AM on 02/06/2013
I am not watching this. Timothy Olyphant did what he could with the original. I enjoyed it because of him. Paul Walker stepping into this, hell no! Betcha anything that's it PG-13 as well. Fuck this.
I am not watching this. Timothy Olyphant did what he could with the original. I enjoyed it because of him. Paul Walker stepping into this, hell no! Betcha anything that's it PG-13 as well. Fuck this.
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8:47AM on 02/06/2013

Don't see it.

So many stories to be told. Why reboot this?
Just give me my God of War movie, or Halo...how about Uncharted?
So many stories to be told. Why reboot this?
Just give me my God of War movie, or Halo...how about Uncharted?
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8:47AM on 02/06/2013
Really?
Really?
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8:24AM on 02/06/2013
As a fan of the games, this is a terrible casting. Paul is too much of a pretty boy to play Agent 47. They're obviously going for a bigger worldwide total by casting him and my money is on them making it PG-13.
As a fan of the games, this is a terrible casting. Paul is too much of a pretty boy to play Agent 47. They're obviously going for a bigger worldwide total by casting him and my money is on them making it PG-13.
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8:44AM on 02/06/2013
I agree with you regarding the PG-13 treatment. But I wouldn't say he's too much of a pretty boy to play the role. A lot of people said the same thing about Ledger playing the Joker back in the day and look how that turned out.
It's the acting chops I'm worried about. Somehow I 'm not convinced Paul Walker can play the bad ass Agent 47 really is. I might be wrong though.
I agree with you regarding the PG-13 treatment. But I wouldn't say he's too much of a pretty boy to play the role. A lot of people said the same thing about Ledger playing the Joker back in the day and look how that turned out.
It's the acting chops I'm worried about. Somehow I 'm not convinced Paul Walker can play the bad ass Agent 47 really is. I might be wrong though.
9:38AM on 02/06/2013
I agree Cezar.
I agree Cezar.
8:18AM on 02/06/2013
Uhhhhhh......
Uhhhhhh......
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