But knowing that Hulu intends on making this a flagship series, we fully expect all involved in its production to put forth their best effort. "You are Agent 47, the world's ultimate assassin". The script for the pilot will be written by John Wick franchise creator Derek Kolstad. The games - which are now exclusively being developed by IO Interactive since splitting with publisher Square Enix - allow players the freedom to choose how they will assassinate targets; they can sneak around using disguises and engineering tragic "accidents", or they can go in guns blazing.
Streaming outlet Hulu is teaming with Fox 21 to bring Hitman to the small screen, reports Deadline. Two attempts to bring the game into the world of live-action film - Hitman and Hitman: Agent 47 - never saw much success on the big screen. Despite both films turning a profit they both failed to launch sequels and received weak reviews.
The Hitman series will be executive produced by Kolstad with Adrian Askariech and Chuck Gordon.
The new television series is still in the early stages of development and does not now have an expected release date. But if Kolstad can work his magic on Hitman, perhaps there's hope for video game adaptations, which can only boast Mortal Kombat as the perennial non-pixelated adaptation. Each new level typically finds Agent 47 in a different location chasing a new target, and while the games have overarching storylines and recurring characters, they commonly take second place to the gameplay itself.
Hollywood seems adamant on tapping into the fanbases of video games, even at the risk of alienating people who didn't remember there was a 2007 Hitman starring Timothy Olyphant (guilty). We will keep you updated on the latest developments.