FOX Responds On HITMAN

Founder and Editor; Toronto, Canada (@AnarchistTodd)
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Two days ago we posted a story reporting that director Xavier Gens had effectively been stripped of his power on the upcoming video game adaptation Hitman with editor Nicholas De Toth brought in to supervise a calmer, gentler version of the film - the exact same role Fox hired him to fill on the recent Live Free or Die Hard. Word from people very close to the film was that Gens' submitted cut was far too violent for the studio's tastes and that they were responding by bringing in outside guns to reshape it into something more to their liking. This story has since been picked up by film and gaming sites around the globe and today we got a response from Fox's PR arm.

They confirm that De Toth has been brought in but are labelling him a consultant and not an editor. They also say the film will be going out rated R and that Gens is still working on it. To which I respond with two obvious questions: if Gens is still in control why was an outside 'consultant' brought in to go over the edit of the film at all, and which of the two actually has more power considering that Gens is currently not even on this continent while De Toth is working away?

It's very unlikely that any of the principals will be able to comment directly on this - contracts these days all have PR requirements built in - but I'm doing the math on what Fox is telling me and it's not quite adding up.

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Todd BrownOctober 12, 2007 2:29 AM

Questions I've asked Fox in response to this, we'll see if they answer:

1. At what stage was De Toth brought in, specifically before or after Gens turned in his cut of the film?

2. Was Gens given the chance to recut the film himself?

3. Was Gens consulted before De Toth's hire, if so were his thoughts on the matter taken into account?

4. What exactly is De Toth 'consulting' on? What instructions was he given upon being hired?

5. Does Gens have final cut of the film?

6. How much of the film has been altered from Gens cut until now, both in terms of content cut out and content digitally altered on footage left in?

Ard VijnOctober 12, 2007 7:17 PM

Answer to 7:

Ehmmm... because we'd like to see the undiluted vision of the director, and inherently ultra-violent source material treated with respect?

M@rcOctober 12, 2007 7:40 PM

I don't think imported directors who get hired for a commercial project like this get to have a 'vision', but are rather told what to do, more or less.

ichithekillerOctober 13, 2007 4:41 AM

I will never watch another movie by Fox. They have ruined so many good things. To hell with Nicholas De Toth, the guy is a loser. Toth couldn't even edit a porn let alone a real movie!!!

halofanatic333October 16, 2007 7:36 AM

its aleast gotta have some violence unless the R is for nudity, but i Fox wouldn't "condone" of the graphic nature why would they make a movie on a game called HITMAN