I have to admit, I don’t have very high hopes for the upcoming videogame to movie adaptation of “Hitman”. I don’t know, but the trailers just don’t do it for me. They look cool enough, in a sort of mindless, generic action movie sort of way, but I just don’t think it’s going to be anything special. Well, it looks like it’s just going to get less special, with rumors that the film’s original director, Frenchman Xavier Gens, has been pulled from the film after FOX got a look at his, apparently, very violent cut of the movie. In his place, FOX has placed Nicolas De Toth to re-cut the film and deliver a less gory/bloody edit. Toth is no stranger to trying to “cleaning up” movies — he was hired to do the same thing to the recent “Die Hard” sequel “Live Free or Die Hard”.
After being hired to shoot an adaptation of the ultra-violent video game Gens took Asian action films such as The Killer and A Bittersweet Life as his starting point and turned in an explicitly violent, very bloody cut of the film that apparently included a number of head shots and extreme gore moments that would have guaranteed the film a hard R rating. Which really shouldn’t have been any sort of surprise if the studio execs had been paying any attention at all – it’s not like they wouldn’t have seen the dailies or effects work ahead of time – but apparently after seeing Gens’ cut of the film the studio removed him from the project and placed Nicolas De Toth in control of a new edit of the film.
Oh well. A not-all-that-great looking movie has just gotten even less appealing to me. Sorry, Hitman fans.
The hit goes down November 21st, 2007.