>> “Hitman” Gets a Trimmed Down Rating

hitman.jpgI blame this on R-rated shoot-em-ups like, well, Shoot Em Up taking a bath recently at the box office.  Timothy Olyphant nor the property are red hot enough to put butts in seats.


“Word is out that Fox has yanked control of upcoming video game adaptation away from director Xavier Gens.  This happens from time to time if a director turns in weak footage but that is not the case here.  After being hired to shoot an adaptation of the ultra-violent video game Gens took Asian action films such as The Killer and A Bittersweet Life as his starting point and turned in an explicitly violent, very bloody cut of the film that apparently included a number of head shots and extreme gore moments that would have guaranteed the film a hard R rating.  Which really shouldn’t have been any sort of surprise if the studio execs had been paying any attention at all – it’s not like they wouldn’t have seen the dailies or effects work ahead of time – but apparently after seeing Gens’ cut of the film the studio removed him from the project and placed Nicolas De Toth in control of a new edit of the film.  Who’s De Toth?  He’s the man behind the edit of Live Free Or Die Hard, a job he was hired for specifically to turn in an entirely bloodless version of the film and word is that this is his task with Hit Man as well.”



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