Sony's Bloodshot movie starring Vin Diesel may go before cameras as early as this summer. Diesel's interest in the comic book movie project was first reported in January. Last July, Jared Leto reportedly entered talks about taking on the role, but that clearly didn't happen. An even earlier wish list of potential Bloodshot leads included Oscar Isaac, Jake Gyllenhaal and Mark Wahlberg.
The superhero Bloodshot, created by Kevin VanHook, Don Perlin and Bob Layton, first appeared in Valiant Comics in 1994. Bloodshot possesses regeneration and meta-morphing powers bestowed via nanites injected into his blood. With no memory of his origins, Bloodshot embarks upon a bloody campaign to find the people who wiped out his past. Sony actually plans multiple movies based on Valiant Comics, with a version of Harbinger also going into production. Harbinger was originally slated as the first Valiant title to come to screens, but now it appears Bloodshot will get that distinction.
Omega Underground reports that Bloodshot may in fact go before cameras as soon as this summer. Blur Studios' Dave Wilson reportedly will take the director's chair for the movie, which will film in Budapest, Hungary and Cape Town, South Africa.
Vin Diesel's upcoming schedule also includes Fast & Furious 9. But with that movie getting delayed in favor of Dwayne Johnson's Fast & Furious spinoff, Diesel has a window where he can work on Bloodshot. Diesel of course already has a role in a major comic book movie franchise, playing the voice of Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy. The actor also voices Groot in this year's Avengers: Infinity War. Diesel clearly believes you can never have enough franchises to your name. Of course, with Bloodshot he'll find himself on the ground floor of a totally new franchise. And one that lacks the big name recognition of the Marvel titles.
In addition to their Valiant titles, in the works since 2015, Sony also plans a slate of Spider-Man universe films. First up is Venom, starring Tom Hardy as the human who ends up as host to the alien symbiote. The team-up film Silver & Black should come after that, though the film just recently became indefinitely delayed. So who knows if we'll ever see Silver & Black. Sony may still lag behind Disney and Fox in the franchise game, but at least they're trying their best. The studio now needs a few of these to really take off. Right now, the best thing they have going for them is Jumanji. The blockbuster Dwayne Johnson adventure just became the second-highest grossing film in the studio's history. And of course there will be a sequel.
Source: Omega Underground