Fox Casts Paul Walker in a Hitman Reboot

The Fast & Furious 6 star takes over for Timothy Olyphant in the all-new video game adaptation, Agent 47.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

Wait… there's a Hitman reboot? That flew under our radar. But Fox International Productions is already at the casting stage for an all-new adaptation of the popular video game series from IO Interactive and Square Enix. The franchise spans five games to date, most recently 2012's Hitman: Absolution, and has already been turned into a financially successful motion picture from Xavier Gens (The Divide), starring Timothy Olyphant.

Despite Hitman's success, Fox is starting from scratch wth the new film, Agent 47, named after the franchise's title character, a cloned assassin with a perfect clearance record. Well, "almost" from scratch: screenwriter Skip Woods (A Good Day to Die Hard) also worked on the first film, although this time he's being joined by Michael Finch, the writer of the sci-fi sequel Predators. The reboot will be directed by first-time feature filmmaker Aleksander Bach. You can watch the commercials he's directed at his official site. The plot of the reboot is unknown, but production is reportedly scheduled to begin in June.

Taking over for Timothy Olyphant, Deadline has announced, is Paul Walker, the co-star of the Fast & Furious franchise, whose sixth installment is due in theaters on May 24, 2013. Walker is a recognizable actor but despite a few other minor successes, has never proved himself a bankable lead actor outside of the hit road racing series. Will Agent 47 be his next Fast and the Furious, or just another Timeline, Running Scared or Into the Blue? Only time will tell.

Is Paul Walker the right man for the role? Were you so found of 2007's Hitman that the reboot pisses you off, or is this Hollywood's chance to finally get the movie right? We're not terribly familiar with the games here at the CraveOnline Film Channel, so we'd certainly value your input.

William Bibbiani is the editor of CraveOnline's Film Channel, the co-host of The B-Movies Podcast and the co-star of The Trailer Hitch. Follow him on Twitter at @WilliamBibbiani.