I’m betting the final product is going to be similar to the movies, an action/spy thriller.
I once pitched on a forum what I thought a Hitman series should be: an assassination procedural, something that’s more like the actual inspiration, more methodical about planning hits. What I came up with is Hitman: Contracts, serialized movies of 1h30-1h45 where each movie is a single hit. Think of it as some kind of mix between Midsomer Murders, Columbo and heist movies. You obviously always know the killer, but you don’t know how he’s going to pull it off this week. Each movie “episode” would go something like this:
0:00-0:01 - Very short flashes of 47’s mysterious past, hazy memory-style
0:01-0:10 - Humorous intro of Agent 47 on a regular day showing how poorly adapted he is to normal life with him being a super straight man (47 at the grocery store! At a fast-food joint, etc…)
0:10-0:30 - 47 gets a call from Diana explaining his next contract. This is a short vignette of the target’s life as narrated by Diana with her sexy British voice. This shows how much of a scumbag each target is, because it’s hard to relate with a cold-blooded killer unless there’s a good reason for him to do what he does.
0:30-0:45 - 47 is casing the joint! This is the time to go wild with set pieces, like most whodunnits and crime shows: the ambassador’s ball, a carnival, an ancient castle, a reality TV show set (you can also rip the inspirations straight from the games). 47 dons a few costumes, gets a menial job for info, finds opportunities, etc.
0:45-1:20 - 47 executes the plan. To make things more interesting, at least a few things have to go wrong. That’s where you get to see him improvise despite things going wrong.
1:20-1:30 - Hmm… maybe a short “after the fact” outro where the cops are unable to identify the culprit and the crucial details of the plan are revealed to the audience.
What do you guys think of the idea?