HITMAN sequel on the way; new director attached too

Will Schiffelbein

by: Will Schiffelbein
May 24th, 2010

Video game to movie adaptations have been notoriously bad and, as of yet, we've never seen one that does the source material any justice. This long stream of relative failures includes the 2007 film, HITMAN, which was based on the popular third person video game. Check out the rest of the story after the jump, including the director that Fox has chosen for the picture.

According to Deadline Hollywood, Spanish director Daniel Benmayor has been chosen to helm the project. Benmayor is known in the US for his work on several commercials for Sony, though his is fairly well known in Spain for his other work. I've personally never heard of any of his films, which include PAINTBALL and BRUC, the later of which is currently in post-production.

The first film was originally directed by a gent named Xavier Gens. Fox saw his finished product, decided that the film would be better with some reshoots, and assigned Nicolas De Toth to take over. The finished film was something I would equate to the epitome of mediocrity. I wouldn't ever describe HITMAN as a disaster, nor would I recommend it to any of my friends. It was an entirely forgettable experience, even if it was somewhat enjoyable at the time.

At the end of the day, it'll be hard to make any judgments until we see where Benmayor takes the film. The choice is somewhat interesting and it could be a step in the right direction for the hopeful franchise.

Source: Deadline, /Film

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