Fast and the Furious actor Vin Diesel is in talks to star in Sony's Bloodshot comic book movie, based on the Valiant superhero property. Sony has for several years had its sights set on launching a whole shared universe built around Valiant's stable of 2,000 superhero characters. The studio first revealed back in 2016 that it would kick off its Valiant Universe with an adaptation of Harbinger. The Bloodshot character would reportedly receive an introduction in Harbinger, then get his own movie.
Created by Kevin VanHook and Yvel Guichet, the superhero Bloodshot first appeared in 1992. The character, a former soldier, possesses regeneration and shape-shifting powers via nano-machines in his bloodstream. Bloodshot also has super-human strength and the ability to interface with machines via his thoughts. After numerous brain-wipes, Bloodshot has lost touch with his memories, and sets out Jason Bourne-like to find his true identity.
The Wrap reports that Vin Diesel has set his sights on starring in Sony's planned Bloodshot adaptation. Fast and Furious producer Neal Moritz will also produce Bloodshot, presumably giving Diesel an inside track on scoring a role. Arrival writer Eric Heisserer will pen the script, with Blur Studio's VFX artist Dave Wilson directing. Wilson reportedly will deliver an R-rated take on Bloodshot, inspired by the success of Deadpool and Logan.
Sony's Bloodshot has already gone through a prolonged development. As early as 2010, Matthew Vaughn reportedly was attached as director. Then in 2015, John Wick directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski took over. Last May, a shortlist of potential Bloodshot leads made its way to the public. That list included Oscar Isaac, James McAvoy, Jake Gyllenhaal, Nicholas Hoult, and Mark Wahlberg. As late as last July, Jared Leto was circling the role.
Potential Bloodshot actor Vin Diesel has an interesting history when it comes to franchises. Diesel was a major part of getting Fast and the Furious off the ground, though he did exit the franchise for a time before coming back. In recent years, Dwayne Johnson has taken over as the face of the globally gigantic action juggernaut, somewhat displacing Diesel. Diesel of course also helped propel Guardians of the Galaxy to box office domination by voicing the character of Groot. However, Diesel's star power did not help his Riddick movies become the new Lord of the Rings as he at one time envisioned. Diesel has enjoyed some (perhaps slightly puzzling) success with his xXx films, the latest of which arrived in 2017.
Despite being way behind the game when it comes to superhero universes, Sony apparently will give it a go with their Valiant movies. Given the studio's weak record with possible franchise films, many will remain skeptical about Sony's Valiant Universe ever amounting to anything. We'll keep you posted on any further news involving Harbinger, Bloodshot, or any further Valiant titles announced by the studio.
Source: The Wrap