According to The Hollywood Reporter, Vin Diesel is bringing Agent 47 to life. He has signed on to star in 20th Century Fox's upcoming adaptation of Hitman, the best-selling video game franchise from Eidos and developer IO Interactive.
Diesel also will serve as executive producer. Charles Gordon and Adrian Askarieh are producing through their respective companies, Daybreak Prods. and Prime Universe Prods. Daniel Alter will co-produce. Paul Baldwin, who served as the point man on the deal for Eidos, will be involved in a producing capacity.
Hitman is a project that by the virtue of its DNA can and will reach far beyond its already substantial core audience," Askarieh said. "The canvas on which this adventure takes place is something that movie audiences have embraced for the last 40 years. We obviously are delighted to have Vin Diesel on board, too -- he and Agent 47 are a match made in heaven."
The vidgame's story centers on an international assassin known as Agent 47 who works for a mysterious org dubbed the Agency.
The first three games in the franchise have sold more than 10 million units. Eidos plans to release another sequel, "Hitman: Blood Money," this fall.