Sony Pictures to Adapt 'Bloodshot' Comic Book into a Feature Film
With most of the major comics already turned into feature films or with their rights already bought for potential feature films, some much lesser known comic books are now getting their day in the sun. Deadline has word that Sony Pictures has just acquired the rights to the Valiant Comics series Bloodshot from 1992. An adaptation with Matthew Vaughn involved had been rumored some time ago, but now Sony is developing the project without him using a script written on spec from Jeff Wadlow (writer and director of such films as Cry Wolf and Never Back Down) with super producer Neal Moritz producing the film. More info below!
The character has seen two different volumes tackle the story each with different elements and locations, but with the same core story. Volume One (via Wikipedia) plays out like this: Angelo Mortalli has become the ultimate killing machine. His memories were erased and his blood was infused with microscopic computers called nanites. These nanites allow him to heal wounds quickly, dominate electronic devices, and fully control every aspect of his body to maximize his physical capabilities. A modern-day Frankenstein, he wages a one man war — taking out the mob, the police and his covert government creators — in his struggle to find out who he was and what he has become.
In the second volume, the story goes like this: Angelo Mortalli has been been subjected against his will to a scientific experiment that has remade him into the ultimate killing machine—an engine of destruction code named: Bloodshot. But, in the process, his memories were lost and maybe his soul as well. His makers meant to use him as a weapon—an unstoppable assassin. But they made him too well. Too powerful to be contained, and he breaks free and escapes. However, in this version the nanites are more like sentient beings which see hi as a God and provoke him to self induce a trance like state using a mixture of substances in order to communicate with him directly. Deadly operatives of the super-secret government agency that sponsored his creation hunt him down forcing him to take them out as he struggles to figure out who he was, plowing through the mob and police in his way.
There are plenty of similarities in either version, but it's not clear if one informed the script more than the other. Either way, it's easy to see how this could be turned into a feature film that would be something akin to The Bourne Identity, but with superpowers. There's the potential for at least one big movie here, and with over 70 issues from the comic's library, probably the potential for a franchise, which is what any studio really wants from a comic book. Of course, the project is still in its early stages, so it will likely be some time before we hear any real development on it. Any fans out there excited?