After several failed attempts on the big screen, ‘Hitman’ is officially coming to television. The writer behind John Wick is developing the series at Hulu which has been quietly becoming a must-have streaming service. After the Emmy success of ‘The Handmaidens Tale’ earlier this year, the service seems to be set on taking risks and bringing on A-list talent to help develop their programming. Whether it’s Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s ‘Future Man‘ or the Marvel comics based ‘Runaways‘, Hulu is swinging for the fences in an effort to compete with the behemoths that are Netflix and now Amazon with their ‘Lord of The Rings’ prequel series.
‘Hitman’ follows Agent 47, who is a cloned superhuman like hitman whose services are in high demand by the worlds elite. Basically, imagine if you could create a flawless John Wick in a lab whose only negative attribute is the fact that he doesn’t have any hair and you get Agent 47. Derek Kolstad, who penned both of the John Wick films is behind this project which gives it a much-needed sense of legitimacy. The ‘John Wick‘ films have been inarguably the best pure actions films to be made stateside in the past decade. The non-reliance on CGI and the hand to hand combat aspects have made the films stand out in an overcrowded and overproduced marketplace. The visceral, hyper-real nature of those films is exactly what this show needs to be successful and they’re starting off on the right foot.
Stay tuned for more information on the ‘Hitman’ TV series as it develops.