Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard screenwriter Brandon Murphy dies aged 43 months after blockbuster release

Murphy died on January 9 in Los Angeles

A screenwriter for Hollywood movie, Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, has died at the age of 43. 

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According to reports, Brandon Murphy died in Los Angeles on January 9, with friends sharing the news with Deadline. 

A cause of death was not given. 

Reacting to the news, Murphy’s friend Aaron B Koontz tweeted: ‘This news was just gut wrenching. Brandon was such a kind and sweet soul and it was an honor to work with him and produce his directorial debut.

‘Please hug your friends. F**k.’ 

Murphy co-wrote the 2021 comedy with his brother Phillip Murphy and Tom O’Connor, the latter of whom wrote the 2017 original. Released in June, both blockbusters starred Samuel L Jackson, Ryan Reynolds and Richard E Grant, while Salma Hayek and Antonio Banderas joined for the latest instalment. 

The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, a sequel, was released in June 2021 (Picture: Lionsgate)

The sequel follows suspended bodyguard Michael Bryce (Reynolds), who must once again team up with hitman Darius Kincaid (Jackson) and his wife (Hayek) to stop a madman (Banderas) from launching a terror attack on Europe.

The film opened to a cool $17million in the US and finished at $70m. 

At the time of his death, Murphy had written and was preparing to make his directorial debut on horror thriller Snow Valley, which was in post-production at the time of his death.

The screenwriter was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania in 1978 and rose to prominence in New York City in the mid-2000s as the underground graffiti artist secretly responsible for the misspelled ‘Rod Stuart Love the Hamptons’ tags. 

It was during this time that he sold a pitch for his first feature film, Pony Bush, to Dimension. 

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According to friends, when the money from the script sale came in, Murphy headed to Los Angeles. 

In addition to their screen career, the Murphy brothers also hosted Camp Goodboy, a weekly podcast on which invited guests joined them for a satirical commentary on pop culture and current events.

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