While video game movies have fallen under hard times as of late, a new renaissance is set to begin in 2015 that hopes to shed some of that stigma. Where films like Super Mario Bros. and Prince of Persia have perpetuated the assumption that all video game movies are bad, these new films want to break the mold.
First up is Hitman: Agent 47, an adaptation of the popular Eidos Interactive game. The film is slated to hit later this summer, and today Fox has released the first trailer, which readers can check out above.
Some may remember that Fox attempted to adapt the game series back in 2007 with Timothy Olyphant in the lead role of Agent 47. In fact, that film was somewhat well received by fans, but ultimately its franchise potential died off.
This latest reboot tries to put a more serious spin on the Agent 47 character, played by Rupert Friend, but also doesn’t put him at the dead center of the story. It seems that Zachary Quinto’s John Smith character is as much the lead of Hitman: Agent 47 as the titular bald assassin.
While many Hitman fans will surely debate whether this new film pays better (or worse) homage to the games, it's clear that this film seeks to keep the action-heavy tone of the first adaptation. In other words, don't look for Hitman: Agent 47 to feature the type of cat and mouse stealth elements that made the video game franchise so popular. The only real connections to the game that can be seen in the trailer are Agent 47's signature look, complete with barcode tattoo and shiny red tie, and his proclivity for disguises. However, the similarities seem to start and end there.
Ultimately, only time will tell whether Hitman: Agent 47 finds success at the box office and breaks the mold for video game adaptations. Hollywood seems to have increased their interest in adaptations, and smartly put key creative people from each property’s development in character of the respective films.
Ubisoft has put key people on the Assassin’s Creed film and The Last of Us movie has game creative director Neil Druckmann on-board as writer. So, even if Hitman: Agent 47 doesn’t hit, there are still a few more video game films that could succeed where it fails.
What do you think of Fox’s adaptation of the Hitman game? Will you watch the movie?
Hitman: Agent 47 hits theaters on August 28, 2015.