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Hitman film trailer on web

The other kind of shooting.

The theory goes that videogames and film have never got on, but in truth they seldom even get to know one another, with countless projects announced and then never heard from again.

Some do though, and one that's gained an uncustomary tangibility is Hitman, which is now visible in an actual trailer with moving bits and acting and all sorts.

Well, there's no dialogue, but there is scene-setting; a hint at an "origins" twang of the plot's bassoon; a lot of slow-motion shots of Agent 47 actor Timothy Olyphant fiddling with guns; and Ave Maria soaring over the top to infuse it all with a bit of class.

The rest of the film will reportedly focus on 47's flight from Interpol and the Russian military as he tries to unstitch a stitch-up with him at the centre. And there's a girl in it too, so that's something.

It's all been directed by Xavier Gens (us neither), and should be out in American cinemas on 12th October, giving Hitman publisher Eidos a much higher actually-seeing-something-happen to simply-banking-the-cheque ratio than a hatful of other game-to-film publishers, having already watched a pair of Tomb Raider films (however dull) backflip onto screens in 2001 and 2003.

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