It's typically a foregone conclusion that a movie about a hitman is going to include bloody executions and dramatic death sequences, but that is not the case in director Jonathan Lynn's (The Whole Nine Yards) new crime comedy, Wild Target. In fact, in a recent interview with THR, Lynn said that he went out of the way to avoid blood and gore in his adaptation of the 1993 French film Cible Emouvante because he finds it to be too cliché.
I was determined to avoid that. I don't think it's necessary. I think that's become a real cliché. It was all very exciting when Sam Peckinpah started doing that in the '70s, but prior to that there were many good thrillers where you didn't see any blood.... I think it's possible to have suspense and excitement without throwing blood all around the set.