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The HITMAN Sequel May Be Closer To Finding A Director...

Merrick here...
Looks like Spanish director Daniel Benmayor may be the director of the HITMAN sequel.
Benmayor, the Barcelona-born NYU grad created a following shooting Spanish commercials for Sony PlayStation, Renault, Mercedes, Heineken and Samsung. His feature debut come on the Spanish language action film Paintball, in which adrenaline junkies get dropped in a dense forest for a paintball match, and find that someone is using real ammo. Benmayor just wrapped Bruc, about a 19th Century Catalan drummer boy who helps gives Napoleon’s army its first taste of defeat.
...says Deadline HERE. Here's a look at the PAINTBALL picture mentioned above - it's official website is HERE.
While it's presumed Olyphant will return for this installment, that may not be a given. I wouldn't be surprised if the part was re-cast. We'll see...
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  • May 24, 2010, 1:45 p.m. CST

    shall I say first?????

    by Blancoshadow

  • May 24, 2010, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Get John Woo.

    by GibsonUSA Returns

  • May 24, 2010, 1:45 p.m. CST


    by Tallguyme

    Olyphant sucked in the 1st one.

  • May 24, 2010, 1:45 p.m. CST

    so, third then!

    by Tallguyme

    Olyphant still sucked.

  • May 24, 2010, 1:46 p.m. CST

    "The Less Watchable" Olyphant..remember Merrick

    by EddieMurphysLaugh

  • May 24, 2010, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Replace him

    by twogunjames

    I think hitman was just a stepping stone for him, and he doesn't look a damn thing like the character.

  • May 24, 2010, 1:47 p.m. CST

    I'll go see it

    by MrLongbaugh

    If they have more Olga, lol.

  • May 24, 2010, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Olyphant just didn't have the right shaped head

    by alan_poon

    It was too damn distracting.

  • May 24, 2010, 1:49 p.m. CST

    and this is why i signed up

    by dickwithteeth

    good news i love the games so much!

  • May 24, 2010, 1:56 p.m. CST

    His voice is what I didn't care for.

    by JuicyFruit

    At this point, I've been playing the series too long to see a proper fit for the role. My idea is far too cemented in my head.

  • May 24, 2010, 1:56 p.m. CST

    With JUSTIED a hit, I doubt Olyphant will come back

    by Big Dumb Ape

    I actually liked Olyphant in the first movie, but I also recall reading somewhere that when he took on the part, it actually was a one picture deal and he wasn't signed for a sequel. So, to get him back, they'd have to renegotiate a new contract. And with JUSTIFIED becoming a break-out hit, I'm sure he'd want more money, which the studio isn't going to like -- then again, maybe they'd pony up the cash thinking he's actually more bankable than before. In the end, though, I'd be willing to bet Olyphant isn't relishing the thought of shaving his head again for the shooting schedule of movie, and due to JUSTIFIED he's probably looking to sort of upscale his next action movie role.

  • May 24, 2010, 1:59 p.m. CST

    If I ever become a professional killer

    by SmokingRobot

    I'll shave my head and put a barcode on it. That way I can blend into crowds without being noticed.

  • May 24, 2010, 2:14 p.m. CST

    I liked the first one. But...

    by Jaka wasn't quite as good as I wanted it to be. Glad they're giving it another shot. Shot... you see what I did there? Shot. Ha!

  • May 24, 2010, 2:16 p.m. CST


    by Merrick

    I do. I do. And I stand by it!

  • May 24, 2010, 2:23 p.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar

    Just give us some kind of LIFEFORCE-style rampage where naked Olga rolls around the globe capping bad dudes. Don't even explain why she's naked, just have faith in your audience.

  • May 24, 2010, 2:32 p.m. CST

    I'm not quite sure who Olga is

    by SmokingRobot

    But I think her naked is probably better than Olyphant bald.

  • May 24, 2010, 2:37 p.m. CST

    The Hitman is man

    by shiekybaby

    The Hitman is only for the bruce willis, he is a real. All other, take a fucking walk.

  • May 24, 2010, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Did anyone see the original?

    by fiester

    Don't you need to merit a sequel before you get a sequel?

  • May 24, 2010, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Shitman 2

    by Stalkeye

    Since when did the medocre first film warrant a sequel? was this shit needed? I rather see a Movie based on Modern Warfare or even Left for dead than another Hitman. this reeks of straight-to-video.

  • May 24, 2010, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Original wasnt that bad

    by qqmore

    While I don't think it was a great movie it was watchable. Depending on who they get to replace Olyphant, if he doesn't come back, I wont see the sequel.

  • May 24, 2010, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Hitman was an odd video game movie.

    by thedarklinglord

    It wasn't a horrid abomination of cheese and stupidity, so ridiculously godawful that you had to share it with friends and laugh about its awfulness. It was just bland, boring, and instantly forgettable - aside from the weird, almost non-stop nudity from Olga Whatchamacallit. I can't wrap my head around why they'd make a sequel. If they do, though, they'd do better to cast a complete unknown in the lead role and then pad the thing with Penthouse pets and porn sluts to create a 90-minute credit-to-credit titty, explosion, and titty explosion orgy.

  • May 24, 2010, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Never Liked Him in Deadwood

    by Aquatarkusman

    But who knows, maybe Seth Bullock was 12 kinds of constipated 24/7.

  • May 24, 2010, 3:38 p.m. CST

    All I know

    by TheMightyThor

    is that in the game the guy would have gotten a really low score. Going into a building and machine gunning everyone in sight is not the way to achieve silent assassin status. Except for that part where he stitched a bomb into that guy and had him blow to take out a bunch of guys in the beginning. That was cool.

  • May 24, 2010, 4 p.m. CST

    Jason Stham was born for this

    by Bathman

    i'm assumng it was money that kept him from being cast as the first film tried to be a lower budget action flick. But Fox should fork over the dough is olyphont doesn't want to return, make it like a rebootquel and make it hard R

  • May 24, 2010, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Make it like the games!

    by skycrapper

    The games are full of atmosphere and clever ways to off your targets. That first film was just an incredible failure on all levels.

  • May 24, 2010, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Love Olyphant

    by aversiontherapy2

    But he's totally wrong for this role.

  • May 24, 2010, 4:11 p.m. CST

    I too will NEVER understand...

    by DrGoodspeed

    Why Jason Statham wasn't an IMMEDIATE choice for this role. The man rolls out of bed in the morning and looks like "Agent whateverthehell." Don't get me wrong, I love Elephant, but seriously... wtf?

  • May 24, 2010, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Also my favorite parts of Hitman

    by DrGoodspeed

    were when they would go to a new location and give us the City and Country every FUCKING time. Because we the viewer, are assumed to be suffering from brain parasites.

  • May 24, 2010, 4:24 p.m. CST

    olyphant was too young imo

    by LabattsBleu

    47 was an agent in retirement, I actually thought the movie was pretty good (to my surprise) and that he did a very good job of a tough character role (ie no personality). Glad to hear that a sequel is on track to get things right... <p> now, if they can only get Judge Dredd rebooted!

  • May 24, 2010, 4:29 p.m. CST


    by jalfredprufrock

    ...are you fucking kidding me? I can accept the fact that Europeans may not be as familiar with assault rifles as your average Joe from the American South or Midwest, but I think any observant person would be able to pick out the actual firearm from a crowd of toy guns. Especially if they were a dreaded "paintball expert". Getting back on topic, that trailer was shot like shit.

  • May 24, 2010, 4:37 p.m. CST

    1st One was Crap

    by raidahguy

    Olyphant was miscasted. They need to get an unknown for this role that can capture 47's silent demeanor, yet killer style. They also have to go into detail with the planning of executions and forget about shooting up the place

  • May 24, 2010, 4:41 p.m. CST

    If anyone dubbed a movie I had made like that...

    by Knugen

    I would kill everyone in Spain. <br><br> E V E R Y O N E

  • May 24, 2010, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Only problem with Seth Bullock

    by SmokingRobot

    He didn't get to kill enough people. Which, admit it, is what you were all waiting for. Instead, what do we get? All these Goddamn Shakespearean monologues.

  • May 24, 2010, 4:55 p.m. CST

    rather watch another Hitman than Bourne6

    by cgih8r

    Seriously, Hitman was entertaining. It didn't pretend to be anything more than what it was. It used mostly in-frame action without the blatant abuse of CGI you get in bigger blockbusters.. It was a well shot B action flick. I love going to see those kinds of movies it's like eating popcorn you know its junk but sometimes that's just what the doctor ordered.

  • May 24, 2010, 5:14 p.m. CST

    jason statham is the coolest guy ever

    by Bathman

    he wakes up, does push ups fucks a hot chick, goes to a set and films some action scenes, fucks another hot chick, drives one of his several sports cars, fucks another hot chick, does some push ups, fucks two hot chicks and the same time and then bed, repeat the same thing the next day...the dude is a god

  • May 24, 2010, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Olyphant should have been the bad guy

    by torontoxic

    He looked tarded with his head shaved.

  • May 24, 2010, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Olyphant should play his twin in Scream 4

    by I_shot_Cyrus

  • May 24, 2010, 5:54 p.m. CST

    the first one was unwatchable...

    by Judge Briggs


  • May 24, 2010, 6:03 p.m. CST


    by palimpsest

    I remember this movie from back in the 80s when it was called THE ZERO BOYS...

  • May 24, 2010, 6:25 p.m. CST

    I liked the stunt choreography,

    by theycallmemrtibbs

    The locations they shot were also enjoyable. Olga Kurylenko was a nice piece of ass--I mean eye candy to look at. There was somewhat of a story there which allowed it to be watched on a Saturday afternoon when you don't really have shit else to do and you happen to catch it from the beginning. <p> However, the Egg heads in the black suits with red ties and barcodes on the back of they're noggins made it border-line comical.

  • May 24, 2010, 6:27 p.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    you know why Paintball was shot with American actors speaking English, then dubbed in Spanish, and not released in the states? seems pretty odd. in the trailer it's clearly dubbed in Spanish, and the actors are clearly speaking English.<p>usually, when a studio does something like that, they're backing off a shitty product. but the movie doesn't look horrible. and certainly even a small release, and a low BO would make it's (I'm guessing) $2 mil budget back, right? <p>something just smells weird.

  • May 24, 2010, 7:17 p.m. CST


    by brandonbreaks

    I wouldn't be surprised if Olyphant's role was recast & I wouldn't be surprised if this goes straight to DVD or flops mega hard if released theatrically.

  • May 24, 2010, 7:20 p.m. CST

    Bruce Willis

    by brandonbreaks

    anyone remember the game Apocalypse which Willis starred via face & voice? That seems like it would be a good movie to make. At least I'd see it.

  • May 24, 2010, 7:24 p.m. CST


    by brandonbreaks

    "I'll shave my head and put a barcode on it. That way I can blend into crowds without being noticed." - I think the same thing every time I watch the movie. It is kind of a silly thing to just "overlook" in the plot of the story (being that he is supposed to be incognito).

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  • May 24, 2010, 7:58 p.m. CST

    Hitman sequel

    by brandonbreaks

    Hitman II: Target Likai -plot about a hitman tracking a ridiculous spam bot wreaking havoc on message boards.

  • May 24, 2010, 8:34 p.m. CST

    FOX Could Re-use

    by deadpool2449

    more footage from "Dark Angel" like the first movie did, cause you know, that was awesome, and really didn't seem cheap at all...

  • Not only they miscasted Oylphant (who is a good actor) as 47 but they changed the whole story and concept of the game.<br /><p>47 is the best assassin in the world and he is the best because his killings are always camouflaged as accidents so that they wont cause suspicions from the police.In the first game 47 wanted revenge,in the other games he kicked it so hard to follow such a simple concept? jesus.

  • May 24, 2010, 9:13 p.m. CST

    1st movie sucked

    by Charlie_Allnut

    Bad directing, terrible script, bad casting. Olyphant was too young...if I remember correctly in the game the character is a bit older - in his 50's...the only resemblance to the game was the shaved head.

  • May 24, 2010, 9:18 p.m. CST


    by Ironhelix

    Oh wait, no... I meant to say WHO THE FUCK CARES?

  • May 24, 2010, 9:49 p.m. CST

    Olyphant is always shitting his pants

    by NeuroTrash

    Cause that's what it always looks like whenever he tries to act tough. I'm game for another hitman movie, but yes, please re-cast.

  • May 24, 2010, 10:21 p.m. CST

    This should be DTV

    by JackSlater4

  • May 24, 2010, 10:25 p.m. CST

    Paintball looks great!

    by bubcus

    I'll have to check this out!

  • May 24, 2010, 11:12 p.m. CST

    Grea! How about it finding a screenplay?

    by RPLocke

  • May 24, 2010, 11:46 p.m. CST


    by Meadowe


  • May 25, 2010, 12:30 a.m. CST

    Hitman? Get Kevin Bacon.

    by 5_day_forecast

    Said it the first time, I'm saying it again. I dig Olyphant, but he was wrong for the role. Put Bacon back in the Murder in the First bald head, and he'll rock the fuck out of the role.

  • May 25, 2010, 2:36 a.m. CST

    Get Ken Watanabe if ur not gonna give him any lines

    by Galactic

  • May 25, 2010, 6:09 a.m. CST

    That paintball film reminds me of Master Blaster. Ha.

    by Mr Nicholas

    Now I'm showing my age.

  • May 25, 2010, 6:30 a.m. CST

    Punisher: War Zone

    by Spandau Belly

    Get whoever did that to do this the exact same way.

  • May 25, 2010, 6:31 a.m. CST

    Only way it makes me interested for a HITMAN sequel...

    by AsimovLives

    ... is a lesbian sex scene between Olga Kurielenko and Mila Kunis. No, make that 4. Otherwise, and to quote Al Pacino in Michael Mann's film HEAT, stop wasting my motherfucking time.

  • May 25, 2010, 7:36 a.m. CST

    No Equilibrium sequel?

    by Abominable Snowcone

    Seriously? Hitman but not Equilibrium? I weep for the children.

  • May 25, 2010, 7:39 a.m. CST

    The first was so, so bad

    by maelstrom_ZERO

    <p>In fact, the first movie was so bad, that Olga Kurylenko could not save it. Do you realize how impossible that is? The movie was so utterly beyond salvaging, that even a naked Olga, luxuriously stretching her body into various straddling and crawling positions, exposing the sensuous curvature of her nubile breasts, her face twisted by the ache of seductive rapture, was not enough to make the movie enjoyable.</p> <p>Think about it. That's pretty terrible.</p>

  • May 25, 2010, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Abominable Snowcone

    by AsimovLives

    EQUILIBRIUM ended where it should. It's a good standalone movie. A sequel would ruin it, IMO.

  • May 25, 2010, 7:59 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Mindboggling even

  • May 25, 2010, 9:36 a.m. CST


    by Abominable Snowcone

    I know it. Just being silly. Although I wouldn't mind an excuse for Cleric Preston to shoot some more people with gun-kata.

  • May 25, 2010, 9:36 a.m. CST


    by Abominable Snowcone

    I know it. Just being silly. Although I wouldn't mind an excuse for Cleric Preston to shoot some more people with gun-kata.

  • May 25, 2010, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Hitman movie sucked but...

    by Darth Macchio

    oh my god is Olga Kurynenko goddamned superhot. Without any doubt, she's the best thing about Hitman and that marky-mark video game shite! Sorry to be shallow here but she's like the absolute best thing to happen to B-action movies since Nastassja Kinski.<p>Hitman 2 whatever...more Olga or no ticky!!!

  • May 25, 2010, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Abominable Snowcone

    by AsimovLives

    I know it's now fashionable to piss on Kurt Weimer because of ULTRAVIOLET. But EQUILIBRIUM is the shit. It's a badass kick ass movie that's also smart. And with a very dedicated performance by Christian Bale. I really like the movie, and damn the neysayers.<br><br>And let me say this about ULTRAVIOLET: while most action movies made today by the newbies are stupid ass bullshit movies based on stupid ass bullshit that Mickey Bay made before, ULTRAVIOLET takes it's inspiration for the plot on John Cassavettes' GLORIA. Well, excuse me if i find that more to be praised then some other stupid ass movie based on any of Bay's shit while supported by the geekry at AICN. You know what i mean?

  • May 25, 2010, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Asimov...about Kurt...

    by Darth Macchio

    Rumor has it that Ultraviolet was so chopped up that it was unrecognizable to what Weimer had in mind. I agree 100% that Equilibrium is an excellent and smart action movie with some very innovative plot elements (gun-kata, etc). Bale's performance is almost pitch-perfect (I still freak on the kennel scene every time) and that Kurt Weimer (who gets a lot of work as a writer) is definitely more than made out to be by the shoddy mis-handling of his properties by the studios.<p>I've never actually seen Ultraviolet but I read specifically (on AICN I believe) that it most assuredly seemed like a kick ass movie was hiding beneath the studio inserted banality and schlock so typical of style over substance profiteers.

  • May 25, 2010, 10:52 p.m. CST

    That commercial an embarrasing stylistic ripoff of Saving Privat

    by Proman1984

    Watch it and deny it. All the way down to the color scheme. Embarassng and derivative.

  • May 26, 2010, 3:01 a.m. CST

    Who actually wants a sequel????

    by Obnoxious_Username

    When the first film was a generic piece of shit. Why suffer though another one? Put a bullet in it's head and move on to greener pastures.