Here’s a bit of a shocker in the world of video game adaptations. Fox International is going to reboot the Square Enix video game series Hitman as a new movie called Agent 47. Paul Walker will star as the bald assassin of the title, a character last seen in the 2007 film Hitman directed by Xavier Gens with Timothy Olyphant in the lead role.

Agent 47 will be written by Mike Finch and Skip Woods and directed by Aleksander Bach, a commercial director making his feature debut. Oddly enough, Woods also wrote the first movie for Gens and Olyphant. There’s more below. Read More »

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In a few months, Arnold Schwarzenegger is going to shoot Black Sands, the next film on his comeback trail. It will follow The Last Stand, an action film set near the Mexican border, which was directed by Kim Ji-woon (I Saw the Devil; The Good, the Bad, the Weird).

Black Sands should start shooting on April 1. Over the weekend a report leaked out saying that the title had changed to Black Sunday, and while that part isn’t correct — the film is still called Black Sands — it seems like another detail in the same report is accurate. Specifically, there is a supernatural aspect to the film, putting this one close to End of Days territory. Read More »

The two guys who directed the real Navy SEALs movie Act of Valor, Scott Waugh and Mike McCoy, have been validated by Relativity’s decision to buy and release that picture. The duo will next get to make Black Sands, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. The movie sounds like a dark action thriller, and features a lone man (Schwarzenegger) facing down a weapons manufacturer and his private army. Read More »

Bruce Willis Will Star in ‘Ten’

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Briefly: The mid-budget film Ten got off the ground today, getting around $30m of funding from QED and Norton Herrick so that Patrick Allesandrin (District 13: Ultimatum) can direct Bruce Willis, working from a script by Skip Woods. One interesting point here is that Allesandrin was until just recently set to direct Kane & Lynch, which is also meant to star Willis. Allesandrin walked, and last we heard Willis was still attached to the picture.

With the search for a new director still under way, Willis probably won’t have to worry about Kane & Lynch in the next few months. So, there’s Ten. We don’t have story details, but Deadline calls it a drama. That’s also interesting, given that Skip Woods is the guy with script credits on Swordfish, Hitman, Wolverine and The A-Team. Plenty of writers for big studio fare have their own more treasured scripts that fall outside genre territory. Maybe this is one of those. Ten shoots in December.

Die Hard

Skip Woods is in talks with 20th Century Fox to write Die Hard 5. Woods is the screenwriter behind Swordfish and Hitman, and one of the writers on X-Men Origins: Wolverine and the upcoming A-Team movie. No information has been released on a possible storyline for the fifth installment, but Bruce Willis has said that it would have to expand in scope and go “worldwide”.

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Joe Carnahan to Helm A-Team

Smokin’ Aces director Joe Carnahan is the latest filmmaker to board 20th Century Fox’s big screen adaptation of The A-Team. John Singleton was the latest director attached to the project, but decided to exit the project after a bunch of rewrites. The film was originally set to hit theaters in June 2009, but is now scheduled to hit theaters on June 11th 2010. Swordfish and Hitman scribe Skip Woods has been hired to pen the latest draft.

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Gavin Hood Wolverine

20th Century Fox and Hugh Jackman have brought Swordfish and Hitman screenwriter Skip Woods to revise (“more than a polish”) David Benioff’s draft for the upcoming X-Men spin-off prequel, Wolverine. Director Gavid Wood, whose film Tsotsi won the Academy Award in 2006 for Best Foreign Language Film, has been out promoting his new film Rendition, where online journalists have been pestering him for new information about the upcoming comic book adaptation. Hood told SuperHero Hype why he is interested in making Wolverine:

“What appeals to me about the Wolverine character of all the other characters is that my feeling that he’s the one that suffers from the most existential angst. Since I’m a guy who loves emotional complexity, it seemed to me that… when I was first approached to do it, my first thought was, ‘What? Me? Do this? What is that? I don’t know enough about comic book characters.’ And of course, I then did some further research and I realized that the character of Wolverine, I think his great appeal lies in the fact that he’s someone who in some ways, is filled with a great deal of self-loathing by his own nature and he’s constantly at war with his own nature. It seemed to me that really what it is, is that it’s a little like great Greek mythology, which is something I’ve always been in love with where the Greek Gods threw thunderbolts and Poseidon conjured up storms, but those mythological stories were designed to examine emotional truths. It seems to me that the character of Wolverine epitomizes in a modern context, a kind of great mythical tradition of using larger-than-life characters in order to play with and examine human emotion at a sort of operatic level.”

But the most interesting development came when Hood was asked if they were planning to shoot in Japan (which is part of the early years of Wolverine’s comic book origins). Hood responded:

“No, sadly no. We’re not going to Japan. “I think that will be in ‘Wolverine 2′ but I won’t say any more than that.”

Did you read that? Wolverine 2!? Looks like Fox is planning for a Wolverine franchise (possible trilogy). Filming on Wolverine begins this November in Australia for a 2008 release.

Contributing Sources: IGN, SuperHeroHype

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