The first Hitman: Agent 47 trailer dropped and it’s probably exactly what you expect. Full of explosions, bright red ties, guns, action movie cliches, and a few more explosions, it does also gives us our first glimpse of Rupert Friend as Mr. 47.
This isn’t actually Hitman’s first shot at the big screen. Back in 2007 another Hitman film was released that grossed just under $100 million worldwide and starred Timothy Olyphant and Olga Kurylenko. Completely forgettable, and about the quality you’d expect from a video game to move port to maintain. Hitman: Agent 47 is technically a remake of 2007’s Hitman, but in a more realistic sense it’s just another film based off of the video game franchise.
As a video game franchise, Hitman has proved to be pretty high-quality. Its debut game, Hitman: Codename 47, released back in 2000 to kick the franchise off on PC. Since then, four full games have released on both consoles and for PC, and one mobile game (Hitman Go) released with a unique puzzle twist on the normal stealth/assassin formula. Numbers aren’t everything, but to date every Hitman game has maintained a Metacritic score of at least 70, with the highest, Hitman 2: Silent Assassin reaching into the high-80s.
Hitman: Agent 47 is scheduled to be released on August 28, 2015 and stars Rubert Friend, Zachary Quinto, and Ciarán Hinds. It is the directorial debut of German-born Aleksander Bach.