It has been announced that a sequel to the 2007 video game film, Hitman will move forward. According to IESB, up and coming writer, Kyle Ward (Kane and Lynch, Fiasco Heights) has been brought in by Fox to pen the script to Agent 47's second big screen epic. It is likely that the film will be part of a cross-promotional vehicle for the Hitman franchise as a whole, as Hitman 5 (working title) is expected to hit stores for the 360, PS3, and PC sometime at the end of 2010. (Although seeing as they just hired the writer, that seems likely to be pushed back in 2011 with cross-promo in mind.)
Excited? Meh? Personally, I found Hitman to be somewhat entertaining, not terrible, anyway. A sequel is certainly not something that was on a personal wishlist. However, it featured some decent action sequences and Timothy Olyphant pulled off the role competently. Besides the scene where Olyphant smacks around Lost's Henry Ian Cusick (Call Penny now, biatchhh!), the most memorable parts of the film had to be Olga Kurylenko's "sort of" star-making role as a scorned and abused call-girl who accompanies Agent 47 on his quest (for what, I forget.) The image of her sprawled naked on a bed after getting wasted and making a drunken attempt to seduce Agent 47 is one that any guy probably won't forget for a long time. (I don't know what that says about the rest of the film if she was the most memorable part, but...she was.)
I'm sure this will be met with a knee-jerk reaction of "What? WHY would they make a sequel to this inane game film?" Well, the answer is quite simple: nearly $100 million. (Foreign and Domestic Gross.) Hello sequel.