Filmmaker James Gunn says he presented a film adaptation of the Hitman video game series before being fatally hired by Marvel Studios to lead 2014 guardians of the galaxy.
When asked if there are any video game series he would like to see adapted into a movie, Gunn responded with details about his project once. Hitman adaptation. “Weeks before I had Guardians I launched a HITMAN movie,” Gunn tweeted. “The studio really wanted to hire me, but a producer on the project didn’t. I was disgusted then, but thank God because I could never have done GotG if they had said yes!” The director went on to say that 2006 Hitman: Blood Money was “probably” his favorite game in the series.
Although it’s hard for many Marvel Cinematic Universe fans to imagine anyone else directing guardians of the galaxyit is equally fascinating to imagine what Gunn Hitman movie would have looked like. The video game series, which began in 2000 with the release of Hitman: codename 47, shares Gunn’s penchant for combining absurd humor and over-the-top violence with darker, more mature themes. While details of what Gunn’s adaptation would have looked like are likely lost to time, he revealed in a now-deleted tweet from 2017 that he wanted an R rating for his Hitman film, leading the producers to scrap the project.
The Hitman The series centers around Agent 47, a highly skilled and dangerous killer that players control to carry out dangerous assassination missions. The newest entry in the franchise, Hitman 3acted as the conclusion to the “World of Assassination” trilogy of games, which began in 2016. The game’s release also marked the start of a break for the franchise, which was revealed in April 2021 by the developer of the IO Interactive series.
The franchise made the leap to the big screen with 2007 Hitmandirected by Xavier Gens and starring Timothy Olyphant (dead wood, The Mandalorian) as Agent 47. While a direct sequel never materialized, another film would eventually arrive in 2015 titled Hitman: Agent 47which was directed by Aleksander Bach and this time with Rupert Friend (Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobilisten)) as the eponymous assassin. Ironically, both of these films were rated R, like Gunn’s failed pitch. Additionally, a Hitman Television series had been operating for years under the creative auspices of John Wick creator Derek Kolstad, though progress remains slow.
As for Gunn, the director is currently working on projects for DC and Marvel Studios. This year saw the release of his HBO Max series Peacemaker, which featured John Cena in the lead role. And at the end of the year, Marvel fans will be able to see Gunn’s return to the MCU with Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special on Disney+. While the special is expected to release after Phase 4 ends with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and before the start of phase 5 with Ant-Man and the Wasp: QuantumaniaGunn says the Holiday special will act as the “Phase 4 epilogue”.
Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special will be released on Disney+ in December 2022.