Hitman will reunite Hollywood filmmaker Richard Linklater and star Glen Powell for a new action comedy film. The two previously worked together on the animated films Apollo 10 1/2 and Everyone Wants Some. The film will be directed by Linklater, who co-wrote the script with Powell.
The film is based on a 2001 Texas Monthly magazine article by journalist Skip Hollands worth, who told the fascinating story of hitman Gary Johnson, a staff investigator at the Harris County district attorney’s office who plays the role of a hitman for the police when they need help catching people who have ordered a hit.
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Powell will play an undercover detective who poses as a sought-after hitman until one day when he defies protocol to assist a desperate woman (Adria Arjona) from an abusive boyfriend. Linklater and Michael Blizzard for Detour Pictures; Michael Costigan and Jason Bateman for Aggregate Films; and Powell for Barnstorm Productions will produce Hitman.
You read it correctly: Richard Linklater is directing a 12-year epic about a hitman’s coming of age. Was it about a hitman who falls in love with his victim in Vienna for one intellectually and sexually exciting night? It isn’t any of those things, but it would be hilarious if it were.
If you’re a genuine Linklater fan, however, you should be excited since the director is working on a new film that sounds a little different from his normal material.
Richard Linklater, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter and director of films like “Before Sunrise,” “Before Sunset,” and “Boyhood,” was inspired by a tale in Texas Monthly.
Gary Johnson, who worked as a personnel investigator for the Harris County district attorney’s office before becoming a hitman for the law enforcement organization, needed the help of an undercover detective to catch anyone who wanted to kill someone, according to the report.
The screenplay, which was inspired by Johnson’s story, was co-written by Linklater and Powell. Powell will play a Houston officer who goes undercover and pretends to be the city’s most wanted hitman in the film “Hitman.”
One day, an undercover detective defies confidentially policy and initiates unforeseen events in order to assist a desperate woman from her abusive boyfriend… Adria Arjona will play the woman Powell assisted in the films “Morbius,” “Pacific Rim: Uprising,” “True Detective,” and “And Good Omens.” The filming of “Hitman,” which will premiere in Cannes, will begin later this year.