Ads director Aleksander Bach is still planning to make his feature debut with the film, which has seen script input from original writer Skip Woods plus Kyle Ward and Michael Finch.
The basic elements should remain roughly the same, with the plot focused on the bald-bonced main agent who boasts a barcode tattoo on the back of his head and who carries out highly skilled assassinations. It’s something of a gearshift for Friend on the big screen at least, as he’s been better known for costume dramas, rom-coms and indie projects. Still, his work on the Showtime drama gave him some much needed exposure as gun-toting CIA man Peter Quinn. He’ll next be seen in David Mackenzie’s much buzzed-about prison drama Starred Up, which played well at the London Film Festival and will be out here on March 21.
As for Hitman, while the original film made $100 million at the box office with Timothy Olyphant in the lead, it wasn’t exactly praised as high art or drama, nor was it considered particularly solid filmmaking. Perhaps Bach can make something that scores praise even as it looks to earn money.