Hitman: Absolution
Video Game Movie Update: Paul Walker Takes on Hitman Role, Michael Keaton Feels the Need for Speed
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Oh, how we love video game movies. From the awesome Hitman movie that was way better than any of the games, to the Doom movie and the Far Cry film that outstripped anything Scorsese ever attempted, video game movies are the best. So, imagine how happy we are to hear that they're making more of them, with some brilliant casting choices too!

Take for example, the latest Hitman movie which aims to reboot the movie franchise. Imaginatively titled 'Hitman 2', according to IGN it'll star Fast and Furious actor, Paul Walker as Agent 47! See, we told you it was a brilliant casting choice. He was right at the top of our list of actors to portray Agent 47, so score a big win for both us and the fans.

Hitman 2 from Fox will be the directorial debut of Aleksander Bach, who's made loads of commercials, like David Fincher did before making his debut with Alien 3. Will Hitman 2 be as good as Alien 3? Who knows?

In other video game movie news, EA's Need for Speed movie, coming in 2014 has gained another cast member, joining Breaking Bad's crystal meth head, Aaron Paul as lead hot rod racer, Tobey Marshall and his wealthy supporter, Dino played by Dominic Cooper.

The Hollywood Reporter, erm, reports that Batman man, Michael Keaton has signed on to play a “reclusive and eccentric host of an underground supercar race where he invites the best drivers from around the world”. He's the man who'll be hosting the Need for Speed races then.

The Need for Speed movie is scheduled to open in the US on February 7th, 2014, while Hitman 2 is currently still in development.

What do you make of all this? Do you love video game movies as much as we do?


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Comment #1 by UberPirateNinja
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 09:06:07 AM
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Why can't they just get the dude who does the voice work to play the role? He's bald and menacing looking too!

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Comment #2 by TheTCD
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 09:10:39 AM
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I want that once-mooted-a-decade-ago Crazy Taxi film to happen. Because a fish out of water story about a Russian cabbie in New York is solid Oscar material.

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Comment #3 by MasterSparky
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 09:10:46 AM
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Ill be terrible anyway, Animals can act it for all I care.

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Comment #4 by JT Gregory
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 09:13:00 AM
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i need a sandwich.

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Comment #5 by Talos26
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 09:18:43 AM
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The only good part of the first Hitman movie was Olga Kurylenko.

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Comment #6 by Earth Djinn
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 09:20:24 AM
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Michael Keaton is awesome, and given the right role will fucking rock it.

Paul Walker as 47 just sounds retarded, but I guess he might do a decent job for all I know. I just can't see it.

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Comment #7 by Johan
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 09:21:36 AM
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Paul Walker as Hitman? Yeah i can see him playing agent 47, a good casting choice indeed.....NOT!!!!

Name one good movie that was based upon a game

Resident Evils mediocre at best, Doom sucked ,Far Cry sucked Dead Or Alive was crap ,Street Fighters all crap ,Max Payne mediocre ,Silent Hills first one mediocre second one utter sh*t, Prince of persia was ok

just a quick list so yeah these hitman and NFS movies are gonna be awesome me thinks.

Looking forward to add these to my collection....NOT!

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Comment #8 by Comatose
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 09:21:59 AM
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Well not all video game movies can be Silent Hill.

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Comment #9 by Caramel Cardinal
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 09:24:16 AM
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i actually didn't mind the first hitman film, in comparison to the likes of the doom movie it was like comparing hit an the game to my horse and me 2,not the best game ever made but infinitely better than a steaming pile of shit

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Comment #10 by SeraphTC
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 09:29:36 AM
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The original Tomb Raider movie was ok. It was relatively faithful and at least it was fun...other than that....

These....these do not sound ok.....

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Comment #11 by Fozki Razormaid
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 09:31:00 AM
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mortal kombat 1 was ok .

hitman was fine . the guy who played 47 was fine . timothy olphant or something

need for speed vs fast and the furious

with Paul walker

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Comment #12 by Fozki Razormaid
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 09:32:16 AM
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oh wait . no he don't he suck

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Comment #13 by Pyrochaos
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 09:36:35 AM
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FFVII Advent Children.
Mortal Kombat (only 1st one)
Silent Hill
Prince of Persia

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Comment #14 by Blumpenstein
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 09:43:46 AM
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This article literally drips with sarcasm. I love it

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Comment #15 by RikusTwilight
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 09:53:02 AM
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The Hitman Movie isn't going to be called 'Hitman 2' it's going to be called 'Agent 47'

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Comment #16 by Boylin
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 10:21:51 AM
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For good video game movies check these out:

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Great films!

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Comment #17 by matt schwindt
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 10:23:06 AM
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This is awsome. Great news that they got two great actors for the roles. Paul Walker is a shocker of a choice and I think this will be good for him. Oh and the writer up there, your sarcasm is unneeded in articles about movies, especially your opinion. Thanks!

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Comment #18 by hibsta1992
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 10:23:25 AM
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I hate video game movies. Hitman was the best, and it sucked

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Comment #19 by JayD5ivE
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 10:35:45 AM
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I read that entire article in a sarcastic tone. Thats the only way this article can make sense. Every movie idea listed is utter stupidity

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Comment #20 by maz2xtreme
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 10:46:44 AM
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Comment #21 by Jack Frost
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 11:00:24 AM
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The Angry Video Game Nerd Movie looks like it might be fun... :D

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Comment #22 by The Splatterpus
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 11:01:22 AM
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Lets not forget about the Blood Rayne, Dungeon Siege and Alone in the Dark movies... I'm also fairly certain Uwe Boll directed those so they were destined to fail.

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Comment #23 by x1000FIRESBURNx
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 11:02:33 AM
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Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children is a nice-looking movie that makes absolutely no sense if you haven't played the original game, but if you have, it's one of the all-time best videogame movies. The Spirits Within, however, not so much...

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Comment #24 by howler77
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 11:10:09 AM
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michael c. hall should play 47 - or better yet verne troyer

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Comment #25 by JuanPabloSmoker
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 11:26:02 AM
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And they say sarcasm is the lowest form of wit...

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Comment #26 by TECO Energy
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 11:33:57 AM
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Just cast Statham as Agent 47.

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Comment #27 by deluxnugs
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 11:44:40 AM
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redoing the hit man moveie i can see, maybe not with paul walker. The only movie ive ever see him be any body beside's Paul Walker was Running Scared.excellent movie.
the need for spped movie should'nt even be made.

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Comment #28 by Blue Thunder28
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 12:00:39 PM
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Not a fan of Paul Walker.... at all.

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Comment #29 by edgecrusherhalo
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 12:02:05 PM
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why do they keep casting younger looking actors for a character that is bald and appears to be middle aged? i dont know much about the series but isnt he older than that?

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Comment #30 by Yourburntstar
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 12:02:59 PM
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why wouldn't they just stick with the original 47 who did an amazing job in the first Hitman Movie.. which was Timothy Olyphant there is absolutely nothing wrong with him being 47, and I think changing the character 47 to a totally different actor has to be the worst decision ever.

I was really excited for a new Hitman movie, but after hearing this, I'm not to sure about it.

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Comment #31 by ScoobyWRX555
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 12:03:23 PM
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If paul walker wants to be taken seriously then he needs to do hitman and make it gritty. Problem is his college kid looks. But if he really is serious about getting serious roles then he seriously needs to stop at fast & furious 6. 6??? seriously, stop now!

But as Teco says just get statham to do it and it will be a classic.

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Comment #32 by The Kingslayer
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 12:04:11 PM
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I don't get why they're rebooting Hitman as the first one was pretty decent, it's one of the few video game movie adaptations that's watchable. Plus it also had Olga's boobies GIGGITY !!!!

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Comment #33 by Dablah
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 12:06:56 PM
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Paul Walker is a horrible choice for Agent 47. They need someone like Jason Statham or maybe even Sullivan Stapelton from the show Strikeback.

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Comment #34 by Cinderkin
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 12:20:13 PM
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I enjoyed:

Mortal Kombat
Silent Hill
Tomb Raider

I hated:
All Resident Evil (live action)
Mortal Kombat 2
Street Fighter Chun Li

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Comment #35 by The Kingslayer
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 01:06:24 PM
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Mortal Kombat is a guilty pleasure of mines, simply because of that song. I suppose The Tomb Raiders weren't that bad but Angie just isn't Lara Croft for me, if they ever reboot that series they need to cast Rebecca Hall as Lara.

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Comment #36 by Rickmassacre
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 01:33:03 PM
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@7 i enjoyed tekken.

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Comment #37 by quaneylfc
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 01:54:22 PM
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They should have cast Mark Strong for Agent 74 also the film should be called "47" it's clean. :~)

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Comment #38 by TheTCD
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 02:13:46 PM
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Timothy Olyphant looked like a chemo patient in his rendition. I'll give Paul Walker a chance, but we all know David Bateson IS 47.

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Comment #39 by I Wear Deo
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 03:22:17 PM
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Wasn't Tron a game before a movie? And people were saying that "could top Avatar as best movie".

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Comment #40 by resevil239
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 04:09:08 PM
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They already made a need for speed film...its called Fast and furious.

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Comment #41 by resevil239
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 04:14:03 PM
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Silent hill was okay I'll give you that one (though the sequel is utter garbage, anyone who thinks otherwise either has poor taste, enjoys crap, or otherwise somehow can't see the utter crap that is the "acting"and writing that is that movie)

Mortal Kombat was good, but it was cheesy as hell.

FF Advent children WAS awesome, but it was also animated which eliminates a lot of potential barriers to making a good film

I haven't seen PoP, but I'm not expecting much. Honestly between that and john carter It looks more to me like disney practically made the same film twice (sure I know they are lots different, but visually it looks like more of the same). PoP as a PG-13 film? I can't see how that could work...

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Comment #42 by OMGmyFACE
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 04:52:53 PM
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After what the 5th game turned out to be, I don't care who plays 47. Either way, they're gonna give him emotions and stupid one-liners. At least I like Paul Walker. I say greenlight it and add explosions.

I feel like this article is trying to make us mad about it but, c'mon, Aaron Paul as a hothead illegal street racer and Dominic Cooper playing "Dino?" It'll either be good or so bad that it's good.

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Comment #43 by MakoBallistic
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 05:12:30 PM
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Would make more sense if Michael Keaton and Paul Walker swapped films.

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Comment #44 by AKfoy0face
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 05:57:55 PM
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paul walker as hitman? i cant picture that.

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Comment #45 by munchmagic 86
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 06:09:35 PM
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Sarcasm overload!

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Comment #46 by BobHarskins
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 10:05:05 PM
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Would've liked to see the other video game movies trapped in development hell... Like Halo, or Gears, maybe not though, since all video game movies can only be average at best, like Hitman and Max Payne.

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Comment #47 by flechetteXXX
Thursday, February 07, 2013 @ 12:48:31 AM
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I love how this article is written. Took a page right out of Game Informer for this one. Speaking of... How come when you write an article that is completely sarcastic in every way imaginable people actually get it and respond positively yet when Game Informer does it people completely miss the point, think they are legitimately serious, and just shit all over them? I especially dont get it because the majority of people on the internet are borderline fucking retarded while most people who actually take the time to pick up something physical and read it (albeit a magazine) can be considered intelligent by some level of society.

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Comment #48 by el_pieablo
Thursday, February 07, 2013 @ 03:58:16 AM
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Although the internet has exploded with this news, looking at it from a studio point of view, Paul Walker is an established actor, realtivley cheap, people know him and he appeals to the demographic. It makes sense to hire him and not Bateson cause no one will know him

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Comment #49 by Literaryman
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 03:08:38 AM
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This new Silent Hill movie I'm watching right now is fucking stupid...

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