‘Hit Man’: Netflix Drops Big Money For Richard Linklater And Glen Powell’s Action-Comedy

Netflix has been making some big moves coming out of TIFF. After acquiring Anna Kendrick’s directorial debut, Woman of the Hour, they have now also dropped a cool $20M for Richard Linklater’s action comedy Hit Man, starring Glen Powell in what some are saying is his best role yet.

The film is based on the unbelievable true story of Gary Johnson, a college professor who moonlights as a fake hitman for the Houston police, arresting anyone who tries to book his services. Powell plays Johnson, whose story was chronicled in an issue of Texas Monthly. Adria Arjona plays the woman who tries to hire him to escape her abusive husband, and naturally, Gary starts to fall for her.

Linklater and Powell co-wrote the script together, continuing their working relationship since Everybody Wants Some!! and Netflix’s Apollo 10 1/2.

That kind of money means Netflix will have big plans for Hit Man, so it shouldn’t be long before we hear about a release date.

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