The Hitman TV Series Is Seemingly Dead

The Hitman TV Series Is Seemingly Dead
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Written by 

Joseph Kime


16th Mar 2022 09:55

Blimey, it's getting hard to keep track of all of these TV adaptations of video games.

Naturally, the Hollywood money mill is still churning out video game movies, with Uncharted proving a box office smash and the upcoming Ghost of Tsushima film from Chad Stahelski proving that tinsel town isn't quite finished with the interactive medium yet. But, TV is still getting a piece of the pie.

The Witcher proved how effortlessly games could translate to streaming, and now as The Last of Us and God of War are set to make the jump too, it's clear that there's no end to the way we could yet experience our favourite games.

But, it looks like one adaptation could be dead in the water.

Hitman TV Series Looks To Be Canned

The Hitman TV Series Is Seemingly Dead
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A TV series based on the Hitman series looks like it could have been dragged through a turbulent development, and now it seems unlikely that the show will ever see the light of day.

In fact, it's the actor for Agent 47 himself who makes the claim, stating that they're keen for updates on the project, but doesn't expect any more correspondence on it.

"I keep an eye on IMDb and things in pre-production and it sort of went dead," said actor David Bateson in conversation with "I don't know if it's a COVID thing, it could be, but sometimes productions sort of get green-lighted, and then others go away or just get mothballed for a while. And then, someone just dusts off the script and goes 'we've got to make this film!' And then, it becomes a no-brainer and it gets done. I think it's quite scary sometimes how the machinations of the behind-the-scenes power play turns out."

So, if Bateson's word is anything to go off, it doesn't look like a Hitman series could be coming any time soon - but maybe that's not so bad.

Could A Hitman TV Series Work?

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It's hard to say if a series based on the Hitman series could actually work, mostly because Agent 47 isn't a particularly charismatic protagonist. We've seen that it doesn't work with the critically panned Hitman movies, so it's hard to consider how a TV show could mix up the game's formula to be exciting to watch.

The show could yet surprise us (that's if it ever gets made), but for now, it might be better that we're without it.

Still, it's a shame for long-term fans that the show simply isn't coming right now - maybe as Bateson says, it could yet rear its head in a couple of years' time, but until then, we'll just have to settle for the games. Though that's not really a bad thing.


Joseph Kime
About the author
Joseph Kime
Joseph Kime is the Senior Trending News Journalist for GGRecon from Devon, UK. Before graduating from MarJon University with a degree in Journalism, he started writing music reviews for his own website before writing for the likes of FANDOM, Zavvi and The Digital Fix. He is host of the Big Screen Book Club podcast, and author of Building A Universe, a book that chronicles the history of superhero movies. His favourite games include DOOM (2016), Celeste and Pokemon Emerald.
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