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Vin Diesel is HITMAN!

Published at: June 15, 2005, 3:53 a.m. CST by staff

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with an interesting developement in the world of video game movie adaptations. It seems that Riddick himself will be stepping into the shoes of HITMAN. Of course, he's the obvious choice... I mean, now the studio doesn't have to spring for that haircut... heh.

This was confirmed by Variety today... and we got some promotional pics to go along with the story. Check 'em out:





Fox is arming Vin Diesel for "Hitman," attaching the thesp to topline the feature version of Eidos Interactive's videogame franchise of the same name.

The studio has set up "Hitman" with producers Chuck Gordon and Adrian Askarieh. Diesel will exec produce, and Daniel Alter will also be involved in some producing capacity.

The vidgame's story centers on an international assassin known as Agent 47 who works for a mysterious org dubbed the Agency.

"Hitman" reps Fox's second deal for a vidgame franchise this month. Studio is closing in on the rights to Microsoft's megahit "Halo" along with Universal (Daily Variety, June 10).

Fox prexy of production Hutch Parker and exec VP Alex Young will oversee for the studio.

First three games in the franchise have sold more than 10 million units. Eidos plans to release another sequel, "Hitman: Blood Money," this fall.

Gordon's Daybreak Prods. and Askarieh's Prime Universe shingle are already teamed up with John Woo and Terence Chang to produce Universal's feature adaptation of the vidgame "Spy-Hunter."





I never really got into the HITMAN games... I always preferred the blowing away of aliens by marines and armor-enhanced soldiers in HALO, so I don't know if this reads as good news or bad. When Diesel is given good material and a character to sink his teeth into, he's gold. What do you folks think?


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  • June 15, 2005, 3:58 a.m. CST

    first

    by chubb rock

    who is on it

  • June 15, 2005, 3:59 a.m. CST

    Yuck, Another game-turned-movie

    by moviemaniac-7

    TV shows, comics, games, trading cards... Everything is being adapted into movies. Two words: ORIGINAL IDEA. Where is it?

  • June 15, 2005, 3:59 a.m. CST

    Nothing really jumps out

    by Gheorghe Zamfir

    Yet to have a good video game to movie adaptation, if one's even possible, but at least with things like Doom or HALO there's something to do (demons and aliens mofo!). Hitman is a decent enough game I spose, but nothing about it really special enough that screams to be seen on the big screen, maybe I'll be wrong.

  • June 15, 2005, 4 a.m. CST

    hmmmm

    by LUZER

    hard to get excited for recent video game adaptations....or vin diesel flicks for that matter. www.LUZERonline.com

  • June 15, 2005, 4 a.m. CST

    man, this site doesn't scoop shit anymore

    by therightclique

    this site is always a day late and a dollar short these days. other sites have had the information for a couple days now.

  • June 15, 2005, 4:01 a.m. CST

    video game adaptation I await

    by chubb rock

    Burgertime. Pepper tossed at walking eggs, I'm there.

  • June 15, 2005, 4:03 a.m. CST

    Sorry, I have never really thought much of Vin Diesel,

    by Conan_the_Humble

    So I am ambivalent about this. Cheers.

  • June 15, 2005, 4:08 a.m. CST

    Uwe Boll?!?

    by godoffireinhell

    I'm sure I read somewhere that Dr. Boll wanted to direct HITMAN. Does this mean we'll see the magical combination of Boll/Diesel? Or did FOX outbid the crazy German and will attach Paul W.S. Anderson to direct instead?

  • June 15, 2005, 4:21 a.m. CST

    IT could be good with a good director and script!

    by lbiu

    I personally dont think Vin is a great actor, but the Hitman character needs more of a guy with screen presence than acting abilty........so I think Vin could do a good job, as long as it is Vin "Pitch Black, Boiler Room" Diesel and not Vin "xXx, Pacifier" Diesel. It better be ultra-violent though and they better not make Vin the good guy. Also, it better not be fucking Uwe Boll or Paul Anderson.......give us a fucking break! Well here's hoping........:)

  • June 15, 2005, 4:27 a.m. CST

    PG-13

    by godoffireinhell

    Anyone wanna bet?

  • June 15, 2005, 4:30 a.m. CST

    HARD R RATING

    by lbiu

    It better not fucking be a PG-13..........Butcher's Bay was a great game made by Vin..........so I hope he has better judgement, but by seeing his latest films...........I really dont know! And I agree this news is old.........I heard it about a day ago!

  • June 15, 2005, 4:30 a.m. CST

    Vin Diesel: "I, Shitman!"

    by Pan Demonium

    Just correcting the typos in your title; I belive it is correct now... Pan out.

  • June 15, 2005, 4:35 a.m. CST

    Yeah, I meant "believe"

    by Pan Demonium

    ... and yeah, I get the irony of making a typo in a post where I made a joke about typos. [slaps forehead]

  • June 15, 2005, 5:02 a.m. CST

    What?!?! Hitman is based on several movies..!

    by ZeroCorpse

    Anyone who is a film buff and a video game fan knows that "Hitman" is ALL homage to various films. Each scene in the game is almost directly lifted from some great movie or another; Leon (The Professional), The Killer, Pulp Fiction, etc. The game IS a movie- or several movies- already! Besides, Vin doesn't have the presence to pull off playing 47. He's got the wrong face, the wrong voice, the wrong attitude and the wrong build. He's the worst possible choice. What a SNAFU this film will be! It might have a chance if directed by John Woo or Luc Besson, and starring Jean Reno, Michael Wincott or someone else who can act beyond the grunting savage that Vin plays in every film. This is a lousy idea that will end up in the bargain bin next to "House of the Dead"

  • June 15, 2005, 5:08 a.m. CST

    It should have been ...

    by brucekent

    ... Jason Stratham. He was rumoured to be involved months ago and I thought he would be perfect. I can't picture Vin 'The Pacifier' Diesel being any good

  • June 15, 2005, 5:11 a.m. CST

    Hard R or it is a waste of time

    by andrew coleman

    It could be what the Punisher should have been.

  • June 15, 2005, 5:13 a.m. CST

    Now instead of Code Name 47 it can be IQ 47.

    by Rogue_Leader

    Oh well I always expected this to suck anyway. You can bet your sweet ass this will be PG-13. Vince no longer has the balls for an R.

  • June 15, 2005, 5:24 a.m. CST

    You guys Blanked this up!

    by Nerdboy1423

    I swear to God, I like Vin Diesel as Riddick, but he is no 47, he is too young, too muscular, tan and American. He doesn't have the acting chops to pull off such a treasured, layered and complex character. I am a shameless fan of this series of games. I love it to death and have spent hundreds of hours on missions. I know I am just a "fanboy", but this is horrible. Get an older European, not "Xander Cage". Christ Almighty.

  • June 15, 2005, 5:32 a.m. CST

    I wish I was Vin Diesel

    by theymademedoit

    Then I'd take a hit on myself and save the world from more of my films

  • June 15, 2005, 6:31 a.m. CST

    Random Facts

    by Papa Lazaru

    Consider me uniterested. However i urge you to check out the "Vin Diesel Randon Fact Generator ". Some are bad , a lot are funny and most are plain slander. http://www.4q.cc/vin/

  • June 15, 2005, 6:33 a.m. CST

    Random Facts

    by Papa Lazaru

    Forgot to say , press F5 button to get a new Vin Diesel Fact . http://www.4q.cc/vin/

  • June 15, 2005, 6:51 a.m. CST

    how about Bruce Willis?

    by DarthBakpao

    he's bald too

  • June 15, 2005, 6:53 a.m. CST

    HALO SUCKED

    by d8cam

    the end

  • June 15, 2005, 6:53 a.m. CST

    Great game series

    by Xaximus

    The Hitman series has been consistantly good in my opinion. I enjoy a good shooter, but I also enjoy the tempered, methodical, strategic approach of the Hitman series. I'm also a big fan of games that let you accomplish your goals in a variety of ways. I think the challenge will be to not make Agent 47 a wise-cracking smart-ass, which is how I tend to view Diesel... in the games, he's quiet, reserved, and doesn't say a whole lot.

  • June 15, 2005, 7:02 a.m. CST

    I can't see the Hitman film working...

    by Weshtery

    ...without a major plot injection. Doesn't really bother me as I was never that big a fan of the games anyway. However what really drives me nuts is Uwe bloody Boll directing Far Cry. I mean.

  • June 15, 2005, 7:32 a.m. CST

    This has got to me the most uninspired casting choicein a very l

    by Proman1984

    I mean c'mon! I only hope that this movie won't be rated PG-13 and won't suck.

  • June 15, 2005, 7:38 a.m. CST

    I dislike Diesel.

    by Mr. Profit

    I used to like him, but he is a hack. And since I am a devoted X WWE fan, I have to go with The Rock as my action hero of choice. He's more charismatic. Diesel tries to be bad ass. But he is just a gravel voiced sissy.

  • June 15, 2005, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Vin Diesel is Tommy "Hitman" Monaghan? Oh, wait...

    by SpyGuy

    Okay, I would have been mildly interested if this was based on the HITMAN comic books by Garth Ennis. Looks like one more movie I can pass on...

  • June 15, 2005, 8:01 a.m. CST

    Natalie Portman!

    by I Dunno

    She skews positive with the 14-30 male demo. She has no problem getting bald for a role and they can make her a composite of Hitman and her Leon character. But it has to be PG-13 to exploit the widest audience and just for the hell of it, lets give her a pet monkey and a duck. See, I'm a studio executive! Now make with the hookers and the coke....Sigh. I'm not one of those fanboys who needs every action film to be an R but if they want to do this right, and they don't, it does need an R rating. Diesel sucks in everything he's in, Riddick being a slight exception. He definitly can't do the smooth, silent assassin type. Stratam might work but it doesn't necessarally have to be someone who is already bald, ya know.

  • June 15, 2005, 8:09 a.m. CST

    I'm with ya moviemaniac, it seems that there is a scarcity o

    by JohnnyTremaine

    ...most studio execs should visit a Barnes and Noble and also be given a tour of their local public library, like it's routinely done for grade schoolers, in order to help mine some good story material. There's a wealth of great stuff in them there stacks fellas.

  • June 15, 2005, 8:11 a.m. CST

    It WOULD have been Jason Statham....

    by JCubedz

    if they wanted someone for any other reason than name recognition.

  • June 15, 2005, 8:32 a.m. CST

    The Hitman franchise requires critical thinking,...

    by Brock Samson

    which is probably why Wuint never liked it. Diesel seems all wrong, since the guy who voiced 47 gave the character a bit of nobility and class(yes, in a video game) that the Vinster lacks completely. With the right director and a plot based around the Hitman 2 plot, this flick could work though. It'll work in spite of Diesel if it does, though

  • June 15, 2005, 8:49 a.m. CST

    They'd better make fucking sure 47 fights hordes clones like

    by TheMinorityVote

    Oh, and I agree 47 should be played by Jason Stratham. He'd look better diguised as a cook delivering poison guku fish to a target.

  • June 15, 2005, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Isn't he too short for the part?

    by Russman

    And he's to buff. However, if it's done in the same quiet manor of the game it could be good... but you know hollywood is going to action it up with lots of slow-mo and hero shots... and Vin will have to save some hooker w/ a heart of gold or save a hooker and her kid or save a kid or kids, or will realize that his agency is evil and he'll have to kill them. Also I be this thing won't be very violent because violent really isn't selling and they won't make as much money with an R than they would with a PG13.

  • June 15, 2005, 8:53 a.m. CST

    I got the perfect song for the movie. The Queen song, Hitman

    by Orionsangels

  • June 15, 2005, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Not Tommy Monaghan ? NATT THE HAT!!!!

    by Squashua

    Shit; I was hoping this would be a DC Comics venture with their Garth Ennis-penned "Hitman", not some shithole video game that I've never played.

  • June 15, 2005, 8:56 a.m. CST

    THE SUFFERING!!!!! Goddamn it! Why won't anyone hop on th

    by Russman

    It can easily translate to film, and can be adapted to add other people with the main character.

  • June 15, 2005, 8:57 a.m. CST

    David Bateson is already agent 47 !!

    by svelasco

    So what's the problem in casting him ? He's already interviewed here with the desire to play the character, and I think he'd be really great http://www.hitman2.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=80 "Are you willing to play 47 in a future movie production, either animated or actual? Is the Pope a Catholic! Yeah, I

  • June 15, 2005, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Michael Chiklis

    by Flipao

    Him, I'd certanly buy as Agent 47 :P

  • June 15, 2005, 9:11 a.m. CST

    Nice one Rogue_Leader

    by GrandMuffTarkin

    Shows you the Hollywood mentality "Let's give it to Vin, since his head is already shaved." Morons. I love the game, I get a sinking feeling that I'll hate the movie.

  • June 15, 2005, 9:15 a.m. CST

    am

    by egelobird

    my throat hurts

  • June 15, 2005, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Summer 2008, Johnny Knoxeville and 50 Cent are . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . IKARI WARRIORS. "Come On Let's Fight!"

  • June 15, 2005, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Agreed on the Tommy Monaghan thing

    by JimiChanga

    Seriously, when I saw "Vin Diesel as Hitman" I almost threw up. I was thinking to myself, "how could casting have gone so horribly wrong?" Then I realized there was also a video game called "Hitman." Does anyone really want to see this movie? Wouldn't it be so much better if they made a movie out of Garth Ennis' hitman? Just think about it, Tommy and Natt battling ninjas and half-dead Siamese twins, trading quips, eating Bucket Burgers, and running over the feet of corrupt cops? Now THAT is cinema. Hell, I wouldn't mind seeing a solo Section Eight movie. They really need to make this movie before Dean Winters gets too old to play Tommy Monaghan.

  • June 15, 2005, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Hitman The Movie

    by halegua

    This has lots of potential based soley on the story, the style and the opportunity for a great new badass character. However, with Vin Diesel attached there is always the chance that they will turn this into a straight up action flick. Action should be the main part of the flick, but there should be more than that. The plot had a kind of Bourne Identity type of feel to it. A man with no history, that sort of thing. I think the success of this film is determined by the director attached to it. Who will it be? -Joey

  • June 15, 2005, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Bad Choice

    by bushsux

    Other than the bald head Diesel looks and sounds nothing like him.

  • June 15, 2005, 10 a.m. CST

    Bad Choice

    by bushsux

    Other than the bald head Diesel looks and sounds nothing like him.

  • June 15, 2005, 10:09 a.m. CST

    wrong wrong wrong

    by deadyounglings

    hollywood just doesn't get it, once again. hitman is one of those games that is meant to put you IN a movie, to let you do all the stuff you get to see secret agents do in the movies. to turn around and make this INTO a movie? how many secret agent movies do we need?

  • June 15, 2005, 10:26 a.m. CST

    "I need to use the bathroom"

    by JAGUART

    Thank you. We'll call you. NEXT!

  • June 15, 2005, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Reaper, Tobias Reaper

    by JAGUART

    Vin is no Agent 47.

  • June 15, 2005, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Nice Marmot..

    by Warcraft

    ..that is some funny shit.

  • June 15, 2005, 11 a.m. CST

    Dumb shits!

    by poppadouche

    Bruce Willis would be a better choice & it better be rated fucking R dammit

  • June 15, 2005, 11:11 a.m. CST

    He wanted to be a movie star in the worst way

    by cookylamoo

    and he suceeeded.

  • June 15, 2005, 11:15 a.m. CST

    I liked this the first time I saw it when it was called

    by originalskoobx

    Collaterial.

  • June 15, 2005, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Sin City

    by Veraxus

    I don't see how a film version of this could possibly work. Not because it's undoable, but because Hollywood just dosn't have the balls to do it. A Hitman movie would be have to be more cruel, cold, and unflinching than Sin City. It needs to have atmosphere. We're talking some mega hardcore R-rated shit with a seriously fucked up Unrated DVD later on (not to mention plenty of atmosphere and gritty film-noir realism). I just don't think it will happen that way.

  • June 15, 2005, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Question to the talkbacker's: When an opinion's already

    by oceansized

    Hopefully it's just boredom, and not the delusion that posting "Vin Diesel sucks" for the 100th time is contributing because people really need know what your anonymous ass thinks. I'm genuinely curious if anyone can shed light. "Just cause you're hung like a moose doesn't mean you gotta do porn."

  • June 15, 2005, 11:56 a.m. CST

    My problem with game adaptations is this...

    by moviemaniac-7

    Games are made to get the audience involved in. Better, they are the main character. Movies are made to sit back and enjoy whatever is shown to you. For most gamers, the result is disappointing because of the lack of interaction between them and the medium and the non-gamers are mostly irritated by the lack of plot & mediocre cliche characters. Granted, games have cool ideas and stuff (and might become bigger than movies), but unlike novels and comic books there is no narrative as such that makes it easy to adapt it into a decent movie. Results have been disappointing so far. It's the same as basing a movie on a dictionary. But anyhow, games make money and that's for Hollywood enough to greenlight movies that they know will suck.

  • June 15, 2005, 12:12 p.m. CST

    If you want this done right, it has to be...

    by QuinnTheEskimo

    Patrick Stewart. I mean, c'mon, who the fuck else?

  • June 15, 2005, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Video game I want to see turned into a movie...

    by Johnno

    Metal Gear! The original games, since the Solid series is great the way it is. Never played the orignal ones but the Subsistence expansion supposedly has 'em. Get a script from Hideo Kojima, and get the Wachowski bros. or some one like John Woo to direct it, I want kick ass action and the original story, if that is all, then it's good enough for me. Also a Devil May Cry Movie would rock! Fuck that third game was hard. But I'd shell out money just to see Dante going around randomly shooting shit. And the video game movie I AM HIGHLY ANTICIPATING is Silent Hill, please be good, please terrify and scare the shit outta me, am I the only one who watches horror films and never jump unless it some cheap quick camera cut and loud base noise? Something with something weird and creepy to imagine about like with Event Horizon? C'mon...!

  • June 15, 2005, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Vin vs. Jason Statham

    by Nizzuts

    Aren't these guys pretty much the same dude? One is a brit and one is a Yank, that is the difference. Both display about the same range in their acting ability, both have about the same look. Both have done crap movies, i.e., The Transporter and the Riddick movie. The difference is that Vin can carry a movie (Pitch Black, A Man Apart) and Statham's biggest attempt at staring is the horrible Transporter. Granted, I think that Statham is better for this part than Vin, but only because he is built a bit closer to the character and I can't see Vin in a suit.

  • June 15, 2005, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Hitman, Starring Vin Diesel and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson,

    by Doc_Strange

    You know it's going to happen.

  • June 15, 2005, 12:29 p.m. CST

    hhhmm...i thought jason statham was obvious joice

    by torpor_haze

    diesel seems too bulky for the role

  • June 15, 2005, 12:30 p.m. CST

    i meany "choice"...damn where that come from

    by torpor_haze

  • June 15, 2005, 12:30 p.m. CST

    i meany "choice"...damn where that come from

    by torpor_haze

  • June 15, 2005, 1:01 p.m. CST

    Why not Jason Stratham?

    by SexyBeast

    He would be a much better choice than Vin Diesel.

  • June 15, 2005, 1:09 p.m. CST

    yeaks

    by soulsonic

    I also freaked thinking they were refering to an adaption of the Garth Ennis comic. Hitman is one of my favourite comics ever and i would probably die if it was turned into a disposable vin diesel vehicle. In fact they really shouldn't touch it at all. It should stay as that wicked little cult comic for people who don't normally read comics.

  • On to dvd Next film... zzzz

  • Same old stupid and lurid action sequences

  • June 15, 2005, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Sorry, what was Vin Diesel "gold" in again?

    by chickychow

    I mean, I guess u could say he was perfect in The Iron Giant, and pretty okay in Saving Private Ryan, but... Surely Quint isn't talking about Fast and The Furious or either Riddick movie...

  • June 15, 2005, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Coming soon: Dig Dug, the Motion Picture

    by Pan Demonium

  • June 15, 2005, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Who cares

    by Doc_McCoy

    Almost no type of movie is more played out than the hitman movie. That's why there were so many hitman comedies in recent years (GROSSE POINT BLANK, THE WHOLE NINE YARDS, FULL-TIME KILLER). So here we have another generic hitman plot, with a has-been action star with no acting ability. I wouldn't see it anyway, but I agree this project would be more interesting with Jason Statham. Can't imagine what hack director is going to sign up for this.

  • June 15, 2005, 3:03 p.m. CST

    I want "Bubble Bobble" starring Dave Chapelle and Ben Stiller

    by chickychow

    directed by, oh I dunno, Adam Shankman or Shawn Levy or someone great like that...

  • June 15, 2005, 3:05 p.m. CST

    Statham

    by GiftedInThePants

    Fucking A. He was perfect for the role.

  • June 15, 2005, 3:32 p.m. CST

    A man apart didn't do well

    by hallmitchell

    So why would hitman.

  • June 15, 2005, 4:11 p.m. CST

    "a treasured, layered and complex character"

    by godoffireinhell

    Dude, you need to come back to reality and realize that we're talking about a polygon figure from a friggin video game here!

  • June 15, 2005, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Arew you saying games can't have complex characters?

    by GiftedInThePants

    Condescending dipshit fireinhell. Characters on the screen are no more real that game ones. Don't be so damn judgemental.

  • June 15, 2005, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Why is this guy such a big star?!

    by captaincosmos

    The only decent part Vin EVER did was the voice of the Iron Giant. Other than that thankfully behind the scenes role, why this guy is a headliner and "heartthrob" if fucking beyond me.

  • June 15, 2005, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Your brothers-in-arms are hostages behind enemy lines.

    by RainJacket

    We require, need, demand, and want a movie(s) based on the hit 1988 classic Konami Nintendo game "Jackal". Contra in a jeep, but it was better than Contra because it was in a jeep. I still play that game today. Billy Dee Williams as Col. Decker and bring back Robert Mitchum from the dead to play Sgt. Quint. It'll make billions, and hopefully, they'll make another game based off of the movie based off the game. Jeeps blowing up giant tanks=money... and everyone knows it.

  • Fool's gold? What alternate reality do you occupy? The reality of self-delusion and bad taste?

  • June 15, 2005, 6:18 p.m. CST

    That new game "The Godfather has some pretty complex characters.

    by oceansized

    "She gave me a bunch of crap about me not listening to her, or something, I don't know, I wasn't really paying attention."

  • June 15, 2005, 6:27 p.m. CST

    The games that are made into movies

    by JediStryker

    are usually the dumber shoot 'em ups, and rarely the intellectual or plot-driven games that are largely ignored by Hollywood. The few attempts to make these games into movies have usually failed, because there's no way a 2-hour movie could capture the development and plot of a 20+ hour game. Look at Final Fantasy; these games are usually in-depth and full of character development. The movie didn't manage anything even close; the only thing it had in common with the games was the name and the Gaia theme. I will submit that some of these games, even hack-and-slashes, could potentially make good movies if they got into the right hands, but I don't think there's enough love for games yet to get people who really want to do good by them. The comic book movie genre is just now getting to a point where filmakers who grew up with them and their stories are actually adapting them properly. I think the game adaption genre will have to go through a similar evolution. In the meantime, we're going to get vapid adaptations like Wing Commander and Resident Evil.

  • June 15, 2005, 6:29 p.m. CST

    As a suggestion

    by JediStryker

    How about a Metal Gear Solid movie? A talented writer/director team could capture the feeling of that game into a great film if they followed the game plot closely. Hugh Jackman as Solid Snake...think about it!

  • June 15, 2005, 7:22 p.m. CST

    Thought this was that DC Comics...

    by Kid Z

    ...character from a few years back, written by Garth Ennis... just insanely hilarious, violent stuff. Was gonna be outraged that they hired old Mushmouth Jr. to play the part... then saw it was just some video game movie & thought, "What the fuck... Diesel IS a video game character, so what?

  • June 15, 2005, 7:32 p.m. CST

    Well, they saved 15 bucks on the hairdresing budget

    by Bubastis

    But i cant see what they've gained. its obvious that the producers of this never looked outside casting a bald actor, limiting themselves to, say, vin, jason statham, uh, billy zane... you get the idea. Why not get a decent actor and shave his head? Eh? Like shave, ooh, i dunno, Tim Roth. Or Clive Owen.

  • June 15, 2005, 8:16 p.m. CST

    Woo, uninspired!

    by dr_dreadlocks

    Exactly what I'd expect from Hollywood. But screw it, it'll be an interesting flick if it's rated R. -- http://www.cafepress.com/thenewpulp

  • @!#%&$? Brother!

  • June 15, 2005, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Why not Jason Statham?

    by deadguy76

    I mean why not pick someone with a little more talent instead of going for the pop culture MTV friendly actor? Did anyone else think they were talking about the DC comic book at first?

  • June 15, 2005, 8:56 p.m. CST

    Tetris: The Movie

    by I Dunno

    Seriously, they need to make Grand Theft Auto: The Movie. Make it the San Andreas one to insure in-theater riots.

  • The most violent and controversial video game in history with Tarantino at the helm, makes the censors piss in their pants,and makes way to a rise in gang violence, but who cares. This Hitman thing just sucks something awful. The animated character in the game has more emotions and feelings then Vin Diesal will ever have.

  • June 15, 2005, 9:30 p.m. CST

    Positive things about this casting

    by MaxCalifornia.

    Whereas I would have preferred, say, Ed Harris or even MALKOVICH (How awesome (and weird) would that have been?), Vin Diesel knows and likes his games, so he's quite likely to push for a faithful adaptation of the series. Plus he's got the star clout (like it or not) to warrant a sizeable budget for this movie, so it at least won't be a Uwe Boll toilet bowl scraping. And finally let's hope they get the eerie Euro-score soundtrack in place, let Jesper Kyd(?) do it again.

  • June 15, 2005, 9:40 p.m. CST

    GTA is based on films themselves. Vice City has Scarface painte

    by KongMonkey

    San Andreas was a take on the LA riots, which has already been done numerous times on film. Shit man, bring DINO CRISIS to the big screen. We need a decently made hard-R dino flick. One where they actually get shot up with bullets and hevay artillery.

  • June 15, 2005, 9:47 p.m. CST

    let me waste time by correcting my spelling the previous post.

    by KongMonkey

    Dino Crisis would work well if moved to a wrecked city enviroment instead of the closed off military base or overdone island backdrop. Add lots of bloody fucking mutilation, blazing guns and dino heads exploding, and you got your typical yet exciting popcorn summer flick. AND DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT COMPARING IT TO THOSE SHITTY COREMAN CARNOSAUR FLICKS. CHEAPLY MADE FLICKS DONE IN THE WAKE OF JURASSIC PARKS SUCCESS! I'm talking a heavily budgeted action horror film with decent acting, directing, and cool looking dinosaurs.

  • June 15, 2005, 10:18 p.m. CST

    Horrible casting

    by Bob of the Shire

    If you've played Hitman, you know that this is just bad news. Diesel is a big guns/blow'em up kinda star, Agent 47 is like an eloquent, low-tech Sam Fisher. You sneak around but if you get caught you can handle yourself well in a firefight. I really don't see Diesel fitting into this role, they're both bald, that's where the similarities end.

  • June 15, 2005, 10:18 p.m. CST

    I've never played this game

    by JediStryker

    but what about Patrick Stewart? He's a little old, I guess; but if the character is supposed to be somewhat refined and act as a quiet killer, then I think Stewart would be an inspired choice. With Vin Diesel as the star, you know that it's just going to be all explosions and shoot-outs.

  • June 15, 2005, 10:35 p.m. CST

    i pray to g-d BOLL gets to direct this.

    by s0nicdeathmonkey

    youve GOT to admit that it would be one of the greatest missteps in studio history. i mean, imagine if ed wood had been given the real studio budget that diesil ensures. it would be magical.-------------------------- i can see it now "we cant stay here! those assassins are everywhere!","this file looks old, maybe it can help us!","'you did all this to become a top killer, but why?' 'so that i could be number the best!'"

  • June 15, 2005, 10:56 p.m. CST

    This wasn't even a good videogame.

    by Stan the Bat

    It came free with a soundcard I bought, and it was so dull I couldn't play it. The movie will be abominable. Let's see how long it takes someone to accuse me of being 'a hater', shall we?

  • June 15, 2005, 11:20 p.m. CST

    Games based on movies

    by WayOutWest

    You guys who are saying 'this game and that game is already based in/on a movie' aren't getting it. This movie will be loosely based on the game not a complete mimic of it. Diesel does look too bulky and his acting skills are so-so at best - at times he almost seems to be making fun of himself. Stratham would have been better. And the choice of Diesel makes it appear that it will be geared at the younger crowd and thus PG-13. Tremaine, of course you are right - the libraries are filled with great books - and there are many great scripts by average people who don't have uncles, friends, dads working at the Studios - that would make fantastic movies. But because the movies today cost so much to make, the Suits only want to invest that much cash in things with name recognition and already existing fan bases. They have a low opinion of the public - and they're too lazy to market something that the public doesn't already know. Sad.

  • June 15, 2005, 11:38 p.m. CST

    That doesn't look like Tommy Monaghan!

    by Heffaloo

    WTF is wrong with people. Garth Ennis's's's Hitman comic book would make an excellent movie series/ongoing HBO production. The comic was much better than the game.

  • June 16, 2005, 2:03 a.m. CST

    Good Idea if it gets a good story.......

    by Plazola_MEX

    And Van Diesel is good for the part. Let's hope not another street fighter like shitty - movie.

  • June 16, 2005, 2:07 a.m. CST

    Why don

    by Plazola_MEX

    Hollywood need some new ideas.... I

  • June 16, 2005, 4:24 a.m. CST

    by viper1701

    Patrick Stewart is the ultimate Hitman

  • June 16, 2005, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Heffaloo, you're right

    by JimiChanga

    I was just thinking movie in my previous post, but Ennis' Hitman would be a much better HBO series than movie.

  • June 16, 2005, 8:48 a.m. CST

    They Did Make a Movie With A Premise Entirely Ripped Off From MA

    by ZombieSolutions

    it's called "Stealth". about a robot fighter plane that goes rogue. i believe it is piloted by a virtual pop singer named Sharonna Peach. also: it looks like ass. (btw, i'd love to see a live action version of Macross: Do You Remember Love. i love that thing.)

  • June 16, 2005, 8:52 a.m. CST

    I Guess the RIDDICK Trilogy Has Been Adandoned

    by ZombieSolutions

    and i actually liked The Chronicles of Riddick more than Pitch Black (which i felt was highly overrated). nevertheless, it was a massive bomb. too bad. i thought it was good pulpy Frazetta/Heavy Metal comics style fun.

  • June 16, 2005, 1:53 p.m. CST

    VIN DIESEL SUCKS MADE BALLS

    by lofe101

    Seriously guys, how can anything be half way sweet when you got this no talent asshole in the staring role. plus you know its going to be PG-13. yet another burn on something that could of been sweet. I probably would be into this if that dickhead wasnt in it.

  • June 16, 2005, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Look at the bright side....

    by Grimfate

    Look at the bright side, at least with Diesel, Uwe Boll WILL NOT BE DIRECTING THIS MOVIE, at least not with diesel involved, the studios wouldnt risk it. When i heard boll had a shot of snagging the license, i was heartbroken. Vin is the lesser of two evils, and he knows videogames, and will hopefully be faithful to the game. You guys are also typecasting Diesel, just because hes done all mindless action films doesnt mean he couldnt pull off a cold, stealthy and amoral killer. On top of it, a little baby powder over his bald noggin will lighten up his skin tone a little.

  • June 16, 2005, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Shut the fuck up you inbred maggots

    by Killswitchengage

    What the fuck is wrong with this board, every fucking movie gets bagged and over fucking analysed, get a fucking life or get laid or fucking jerk off if you have to and stop talking shit about every little fucking detail. jesus fucking christ they're just movies not your fucking life.

  • June 16, 2005, 9:47 p.m. CST

    I also was fond of Chronicles

    by Meremoth

    It was perhaps one of the best Sci fi movies I'v ever seen. Ok maybe it wasn't, but it is one of my personal favorite movies.

  • June 16, 2005, 10:22 p.m. CST

    Hollywood...

    by Neighbor Jim

    ...when was the last time you had an original idea that didn't eat cock? Seriously, I can't think of anything in recent memory that isn't a remake, a comic, a videogame, a sequel, a novel, or a restart of a series. Some are watchable, even good, but 99% fall flat on their ass. The funny thing is if Hollywood wasn't so incestual when it came to who gets opportunities, and actually made it possible for people who haven't blown at least 3 producers to pitch ideas and scripts they'd be swimming in $$$.

  • June 16, 2005, 11:32 p.m. CST

    Powermetal1

    by Killswitchengage

    I feel just fine mate, just felt like venting at some no life morons that's all, and I feel better, happy now or do you want to know more about waht my feelings are about love, life and everything in between?

  • June 17, 2005, 4:13 a.m. CST

    ZombieSolutions..... Do you remember love has a lot of potential

    by Plazola_MEX

    And it

  • June 17, 2005, 5:11 a.m. CST

    FOX IZZ EEEVILLLLLLLLLL!

    by chien_sale

  • June 17, 2005, 5:12 a.m. CST

    VIN DIESEL IS.......

    by Sepulchrave

    ...who gives a fuck? He's crap.

  • June 17, 2005, 6:18 a.m. CST

    I hate Vin Diesel...

    by Lost in Uranus

    Only because the prick chose that name to go by. Delusions of grandeur arent they Mr. Mark Vincent? Fuckin prick!

  • June 17, 2005, 12:20 p.m. CST

    If this opens the doors for a "Deadly Towers" movie, I'm all

    by Funmazer

    Wow. Wouldn't that be great! You know what WOULD make a shitload of bucks though? Zelda the Movie. Just keep Ridley "Legend" Scott away from it.

  • June 19, 2005, 8:59 p.m. CST

    This character doesn't talk much, right?

    by Devil'sOwn

    Then Vin should do well.

  • July 16, 2005, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Have you seen The Transporter?

    by BloodAngel

    Jason Statham is awesome just remove the car and the hair and you have your Hitman.