Sony is working on the adaptation of Valiant Comics’ Bloodshot, and the wish list of actors to take the lead includes Oscar Isaac, James McAvoy, Jake Gyllenhaal, Nicholas Hoult, and Mark Wahlberg. Adapting written works to the big screen is not a new thing, but in the past decade the film industry has gone through a boom of adaptations, especially comic books – whether they are superheroes or not. The big names in this game are, undoubtedly, Marvel Studios and Warner with its DC Extended Universe, but there are other studios that had also contributed.
A few examples are Fox with the X-Men and Fantastic Four who, although a Marvel property, are not part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe; Lionsgate with Kick-Ass, Miramax with Sin City, and (of course) Sony with Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy and Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man. An now Sony is getting ready to launch a potential Valiant Universe, starting with Bloodshot.
According to The Wrap, the studio already has a short list of actors to potentially star as Bloodshot. However, being on the list doesn’t necessarily mean "being in talks to star" – it’s merely a wish list. Three out of five of the actors on the list have already had a role in another comic book universe (and funny enough all in the same): Oscar Isaac as Apocalypse, James McAvoy as Professor X, and Nicholas Hoult as Beast in the X-Men prequels.
Bloodshot was created in 1992 by Kevin VanHook and Yvel Guichet, and follows a former soldier brought back from the dead and infused with nanotechnology, which gives him powers of regeneration and meta-morphing. After having his memory wiped multiple times, he decides to go out and discover who he really is while also get vengeance on those who did all this to him.
The adaptation will be directed by Dave Wilson – a Blur Studio VFX artist who worked in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Deadpool – making it his directorial debut, and will be penned by Arrival screenwriter Eric Heisserer. Bloodshot is planned to be the first in a shared universe of Valiant films, followed by Harbinger, which centers on a team of super-powered outcasts.
All five actors on the list are no strangers to fantasy and science fiction, and are all capable of carrying a role as complex as Bloodshot, but as much as some might agree with these choices, let’s not forget that the list can change and Sony might go for a younger or older option, according to its needs.
Bloodshot does not have a release date yet.
Source: The Wrap.