Three new brands apparently related to Hitman have been filed by Twentieth Century Fox, meaning it’s possible the long-awaited Hitman TV series could finally see the light of day. IO Interactive-Owned Franchise Still Delivers After Launching Hitman: Freelancer and the renowned lap of honor Hitman: World of Assassinationand with the success of other serial game repackages like The last of us still fresh in everyone’s mind now would be a great time to start anticipating Hulu’s Hitman TV show. It looks like Disney, the parent company of Twentieth Century, may feel the same way.
Trademarks (which can be viewed on the United States Patent and Trademark Office website) are intended for HITMAN: CODE NAME 47, HITMAN: DEATH AWAITSAnd HITMAN ABSOLUTE, and are all classified as “Entertainment services in the nature of television and multimedia programs.“There was only one Hitman broadcast announced to the public, so it is not clear which of these three titles relates to the television broadcast and which could possibly relate to other subjects. It’s also possible that Twentieth Century Fox wanted to make sure their options were open and that no one else branded anything related to the Hitman brand.
In 2017, Deadline reported the Hitman TV series would get a pilot script from John Wickis Derek Kolstad. In the years that followed, Kolstad delivered outstanding films like Person And John Wick: Chapter 4.
Interestingly, all of these names have been used before. Hitman: codename 47 was the full title of the first game when it was released in 2000, and hitman absolution is the nickname for the most controversial entry in the entire franchise. There has never been a video game strictly called Hitman: Death Awaits Usbut death awaits itself was the promotional slogan leading to the launch of Hitman 3 in 2021, as seen in the official trailer below:
Of the tree, Absolution is the most curious inclusion. Unlike most games in the Hitman series, Absolution’s structure as a linear story could facilitate the basis for a one-season television arc on which other Hitman versions, but longtime IP fans prefer the open, open design of the current trilogy. hitman absolution streamlined a lot of past systems Hitman players expected, and while many of his ideas are still visible in Hitman games from 2016 and beyond, it would make sense to avoid it in favor of more unifying titles.
Hitman: Death Awaits or Hitman: Codename 47?
Codename 47 And death awaits are both much more likely to become the name of the Hitman tv show that Absolution. death awaits makes it sound like something more procedural, where each episode sees 47 go to a new Bond-like location and take out a different target, literally.”death coming for them all.” Codename 47, on the other hand, evokes an origin story, one that follows 47 himself more closely and is peppered with flashbacks to the training and cloning facilities. Either would work, but one is clearly better than the other.
The two previous films – Hitman in 2007 and Hitman: Agent 47 in 2015 – didn’t quite hit the mark in terms of adapting the tone and feel of the video game to the screen, and the lack of a third Hitman the film was probably a smart choice. Codename 47 was a great subtitle for the original game, but with Constable 47 already existing as a movie title, it feels like a little too much repetition. Hitman: Death Awaits Us is much more quirky and unique, and (to me, at least) seems like the better choice.
What IO Interactive Said About The Hitman TV Show
In 2021, Screen Rant spoke to Hitman 3 director Mattias Engström on his version of a Hitman TV show would look like. Her response aligns with the sentiment Hitman: Death Awaits Us mentions, specifying:
I liked the idea of having every episode [be] its own thing where there’s a party and somewhere you’re following characters and in the background there’s someone hunting, but you don’t know, you’re not really following Agent 47 or the Hitman. They’re out there somewhere and you’re trying to find them while you watch the characters the episode is about, you know what I mean? There is like a monster somewhere that is going to culminate.
Whether Hitman: Death Awaits Us (Or Codename 47or maybe even Absolution) is Hulu’s real title Hitman The TV show remains to be seen. The appearance of these marks, however, definitely gives the impression that something interesting is coming soon. Screen Rant has contacted Hulu for comment.
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