Richard Linklater is set to tell the true story of an undercover hitman, played by ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ star Glen Powell.
The Oscar-nominated “Boyhood” director will direct and co-write the action comedy “Hitman,” which is based on a Texas Monthly magazine article by journalist Skip Hollandsworth. AGC International, the distribution arm of Stuart Ford’s AGC studios, will launch international sales of the photo at the Cannes market. CAA Media Finance and Cinetic will co-represent national rights.
Powell, who plays Hangman in Paramount’s “Top Gun: Maverick,” will co-write and star in the project as a Houston cop who worked undercover as Houston’s most in-demand hitman, until the day he breaks protocol in order to help a desperate woman (Adria Arjona) trying to escape an abusive boyfriend.
The project is based on a 2001 article in the Texas Monthly that tells the compelling story of hitman Gary Johnson, a staff investigator for the Harris Country District Attorney’s Office, who acts as a hitman for the police requiring the help of an undercover agent to catch individuals ordering a hit.
AGC Studios is financing the film and production is expected to begin in October.
“Hitman” will be produced by Linklater, Michael Blizzard for Detour Pictures, Michael Costigan and Jason Bateman for Aggregate Films, and Powell with his production company BarnStorm Productions.
Linklater – Oscar nominee for ‘Boyhood’, ‘Before Midnight’ and ‘Before Sunset’ – recently directed the animated film ‘Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Adventure’, which premiered at SXSW in March. The director’s last film before that was “Where’d You Go, Bernadette”, directed by Cate Blanchett.
Linklater is also working on two different biopics, about con artist John Brinkley and comedian Bill Hicks.
Powell previously worked with Linklater on “Apollo 10 1/2” as well as “Everybody Wants Some!!” (2016). He also starred in ‘Set It Up’ and ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society’.
The other big title from AGC International at Cannes is ‘The Dating Game Killer’, directed by Anna Kendrick, which tells the chilling true story of serial killer Rodney Alcala, who appeared on the popular American dating show ‘The Dating Game’ – and was selected to go on a date with contestant Cheryl Bradshaw – before his grisly crimes were finally revealed.