Hitman is making its TV debut. Hulu and Fox21 are developing a series based on the franchise, set to release on the former’s streaming service.
According to a report from Deadline (via GameSpot), Derek Kolstad – scriptwriter for the first two John Wick films, and the upcoming third – will write the pilot, and serve as executive producer. Joining him on the latter duty will also be Adrian Askarieh and Chuck Gordon, who were involved in the Hitman films.
Hitman saw its first silver-screen adaptation in 2007. The film starred Timothy Olyphant in the titular role, and despite a poor critical reception, it was a commercial success – grossing $99M USD against its $24M USD budget. It was followed by a reboot in 2015, which received negative reviews.
The franchise follows Agent 47, a genetically modified assassin who takes targets out in ridiculous fashion, often incorporating the environment into his kills. The latest game was released in 2016.
Developer IO Interactive’s future was uncertain after publisher Square Enix put them up for sale, but they later announced they would continue as an independent studio, while still maintaining the rights to the IP. Following on from the heels of new content arriving, IO announced that a new game was also in the works.