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IO Interactive has cut a deal to make a  Hitman  TV series

IO Interactive has cut a deal to make a Hitman TV series

November 14, 2017 | By Alex Wawro

November 14, 2017 | By Alex Wawro
More: Indie, Business/Marketing

The team behind last year's episodic off-'em-up Hitman have confirmed they've cut a deal with Fox 21 and Hulu to produce a television series based on the game.

This seems like a bit of potential good news for developer IO Interactive, which went independent in June after former parent company Square Enix abruptly decided to sell off the studio.

The split resulted in a round of layoffs and some dickering over IP rights, but IO Interactive walked away with the keys to its Hitman franchise and has continued to produce content updates. The 2016 game recently surpassed 7 million players (though chunks of the game were released for free) and IO has said it's working on a second game.

According to Deadline, the new TV series will be executive produced by a team that includes "John Wick" writer and creator Derek Kolstad, who is also expected to contribute a pilot script. Of course, this won't be the first time Hitman's been licensed to Hollywood: there were two separate films released in 2007 and 2015 that portrayed their own versions of the series' titular character.

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