Fox’s ‘Hitman’ aims at Diesel

Thesp stars in adaptation of hit vidgame

This article was updated at 7:44 p.m.

Fox is arming Vin Diesel for “Hitman,” attaching the thesp to topline the feature version of Eidos Interactive’s videogame franchise of the same name.

The studio has set up “Hitman” with producers Chuck Gordon and Adrian Askarieh. Diesel will exec produce, and Daniel Alter will also be involved in some producing capacity.

The vidgame’s story centers on an international assassin known as Agent 47 who works for a mysterious org dubbed the Agency.

“Hitman” reps Fox’s second deal for a vidgame franchise this month. Studio is closing in on the rights to Microsoft’s megahit “Halo” along with Universal (Daily Variety, June 10).

Fox prexy of production Hutch Parker and exec VP Alex Young will oversee for the studio.

First three games in the franchise have sold more than 10 million units. Eidos plans to release another sequel, “Hitman: Blood Money,” this fall.

Gordon’s Daybreak Prods. and Askarieh’s Prime Universe shingle are already teamed up with John Woo and Terence Chang to produce Universal’s feature adaptation of the vidgame “Spy-Hunter.”

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