Xavier Gens Begins Executing Hitman Movie

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The long in development movie adaptation of IO Interactive's Hitman series, which was greenlit last month, began filming several days ago, Hitman publisher Eidos Interactive has announced. The film is being directed by Xavier Gens, whose first feature-length film, the horror/thriller Frontières, is due for release in France later this year. Skip Woods, writer of the thrillers Thursday and Swordfish, contributed the movie's screenplay.

Vin Diesel had long been attached to Hitman as both a producer and as the role of assassin Agent 47, but the lead is now set to be played by Timothy Olyphant (Deadwood, Live Free or Die Hard, Dreamcatcher), who coincidentally appeared in the 2003 Vin Diesel vehicle A Man Apart. Also appearing in the film are Dougray Scott (Princess Caraboo, Desperate Housewives), Olga Kurylenko (Paris je tÂ’aime, Tyranny), Robert Knepper (Prison Break, Young Guns II), Ulrich Thomsen (Festen, The World is Not Enough) and Michael Offei (Casino Royale).

The film is being produced by Daniel Alter and action movie mega-producer Luc Besson, along with Adrian Askarieh and Chuck Gordon, producers of the upcoming game adaptation Spy Hunter: Nowhere to Run.

After current shooting in Bulgaria is completed, filming will continue in South Africa, St. Petersburg, and London. Hitman is expected to hit theaters later this year, distributed by 20th Century Fox.

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    April 3, 2007 11:34 AM

    I just want to reiterate, from the other thread.

    Ulrich Thomsen is awesome. "Festen", in which he stars as one of the main characters is an awesome awesome movie. I really can't recommend it enough.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0154420/