Sony to bring Valiant comic character Bloodshot to the big screen

Sony Pictures has just acquired the Valiant Comics character, Bloodshot, which came out of a spec script written by Jeff Wadlow (CRY_WOLF).  Neal Moritz (FAST FIVE) will produce through his Original Film Banner along with Jason Kothari and Dinesh Shamdasani for Valiant Entertainment.

From Deadline:

Bloodshot originated in Valiant Comics form in 1992 and appeared in over 70 issues, becoming the cornerstone of the Valiant Universe. The protagonist is Angelo Mortalli, a ruthless killer for the mob who is set up by the family and framed for a murder. He instead goes into Witness Protection, but is betrayed by an FBI agent guarding him, kidnapped and forcibly subjected to an experimental program in which his body is injected with microscopic computers called nanites. They erase his brain and rebuild it and his body to be a weapon with superhuman strength and healing powers. Bloodshot escapes his makers, and though he isn’t his old self, he tries to figure out who he was. Things get bad for everybody who betrayed him.

A while back director Matthew Vaughn (X-MEN: FIRST CLASS) had toyed with taking on the project, but later dropped out. 

Valiant Comics was a leading comic company from 1992-1994, bringing some good competition into the Marvel and DC-led market, but when investors pulled out of the company and it was sold to Acclaim Entertainment, the comics were no longer published, leaving the properties languishing. 

Recenltly, investors Jason Kothari and Dinesh Shamdasani acquired all the rights to the Valiant Comics library from Acclaim Entertainment's estate and formed Valiant Entertainment, which is set to relaunch their titles in May of 2012, staring with X-O Manowar.  I wouldn't be surprised if that property was next on the block to be turned into a film franchise, which would be beyond awesome.  I read almost all the Valiant titles in their heyday and am stoked to see them return to the comic racks. 

Stay tuned as this develops.

Extra Tidbit: Bloodshot: Director and star. While we're at it: X-O Manowar: Director and Star. Let's hear what you got.
Source: Deadline



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