Agent 47 shoots for the small screen with new Hulu series based on Hitman video games

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Nov 13, 2017

In a gaming career that’s spanned console generations, Agent 47’s already killed more people than anyone can reasonably count — and now the Hitman star is preparing to pop up on your TV to show you what assassination-for-hire looks like when no one’s holding the controller.

Fox 21 and Hulu are bringing the stalwart video game series to life for a television run that, according to Deadline, could serve as a flagship for the streaming service if it takes off.

A pilot script for the new series is already underway from writer Derek Kolstad, who, as creator of the John Wick universe, definitely knows a thing or two about ambitious ways to pull off a good assassination.

If you’ve played any of IO Interactive’s Hitman games, you know how episodic the setup is: Agent 47 and his bald, bar-coded head travel to locations both exotic and mundane — sometimes in creative disguise — and carry out murder assignments that involve espionage at the highest international levels.

This won’t be the first time that Hitman’s been taken out of the gaming environment for a turn in front of the camera. 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.

For TV, though, the “Where is he this week?” premise might have a better shot at grabbing — and holding — viewers’ attention.

Will a TV incarnation of Agent 47’s ice-cold assassination adventures hold yours? The new, as-yet-unnamed Hitman series is tentatively slated for a 2019 release on Hulu.