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Brodie Fogg 19 November 2017 NEWS

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Agent 47 will be suiting up for the US streaming service.

For IO Interactive's chrome-domed assassin, a worthy live-action adaptation has proven an elusive target. 2007's Olyphant in the Room gave fans a glimpse of hope with a notable cast that included Olga Kurylenko, Dougray Scott and Robert Knepper, but its confusing plot and lousy dialogue failed to hit the mark.

After that movie came and went from cinemas without so much as a peep, a planned sequel was silenced, and we didn't see nor hear from another live-action assassin until 2015's Hitman: Agent 47. Despite the talents of Zachary Quinto and a freshly-shorn Rupert Friend, it was yet another failed execution.

Now, two years after the barcoded baldy's last assignment, US streaming service Hulu has announced it will be bringing Agent 47 out of retirement for another contract. No less with John Wick screenwriter, Derek Kolstad.

While the details are still undercover, we do know Fox 21 and Hulu will bring the bristly-scalped badass to the small screen with the help of producers Adrian Askarieh (Hitman, Hitman: Agent 47) and Chuck Gordon (Die Hard, Die Hard 2).

We're not going to snipe the upcoming series without seeing it first, but the repeated attempts by film studios to murder off any hope of a live-action adaptation makes it hard to get our hopes up.

With that said, an episodic, assassination-a-week TV series could allow the small-screen Agent 47 to flex his creative muscles and delve a little deeper into the clone conspiracy plot of the video games. Also, John Wick is more or less the best Hitman movie we have right now, so it's in good and capable hands with Kolstad.

Clooney's a Catch

For the first time since the 90s, George Clooney will be heading back to the small screen. Clooney will direct and star in a TV miniseries adaptation of Joseph Heller's satirical novel Catch-22 and has enlisted the help of Paramount TV and Anonymous Content to do so.

Catch-22 will begin shooting in 2018 but no network is currently attached, which makes it impossible to peg down which service it will appear on in Australia. Anonymous Content and Universal TV have worked with Netflix to bring 13 Reasons Why and the upcoming Maniac to the streaming service, so that could count for something.

For those unfamiliar with what's widely considered one of the greatest and sharpest antiwar novels of all time, Catch-22 follows Captain John Yossarian, a US Army Air Forces pilot during World War II. The book examines the paradoxical requirements of being excused from service: any pilot seen as mentally unfit would not be required to risk their lives in flight, but showing a concern for one's mental health and fear of flying showed a genuine and rational concern for their own safety, deeming them sane. A catch-22.

The six-episode miniseries will be co-written by Australian scribes David Michod(Animal Kingdom) and Luke Davies (Lion).

Trailer park

Here are this week's most notable trailers from the week of streaming.

Waco

The Michael Shannon/Taylor Kitsch-led drama about real-life religious cult leader and polygamist David Koresh looks intense.

Romper Stomper

The controversial revival of Rusty's Romper Stomper has its first trailer.

Need something to watch right now? Check out everything coming to Stan, as well as competitors Netflix and Amazon Prime Video in November here.

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