Popular video game Hitman has now gone into full movie production as its publisher Eidos Interactive sees it turned into an action flick.
Filming commenced on March 27 and will continue in and around the the Bulgarian capital of Sofia for 12 weeks before moving on to locations in South Africa, St. Petersburg and London.
The movie is being directed by Xavier Gens from a screenplay by Skip Woods (Swordfish) and produced by Luc Besson, Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, Adrian Askarieh and Charles Gordon with Daniel Alter as a co-producer.
Timothy Olyphant (Deadwood, Die Hard 4.0) stars as the world’s deadliest assassin and Dougray Scott (Mission: Impossible II, Desperate Housewives) portrays the antagonist. Olga Kurylenko (Paris je t’aime), Robert Knepper (Prison Break), Ulrich Thomsen (Festen) and Michael Offei (Casino Royale) also have joined the cast of the videogame adaptation.
The game's story centers around an international assassin known only as Agent 47 (Olyphant) who works for a mysterious organisation dubbed the Agency.
The Hitman videogames have sold in excess of 6 million copies worldwide, with the most recent instalment, Hitman: Blood Money, selling 1.4 million copies worldwide and reaching No.1 in all key territories.
The film will be released in France through EuropaCorp Distribution and in the rest of the world through Twentieth Century Fox.