Sony is looking to be the next studio to establish their own comic book-based shared cinematic universe in the mold of Marvel Studios and DC Films. They previously attempted this with the bevvy of Spider-Man characters they had the rights to, but the underperformance of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 killed that dream, along with the joint deal they signed with Marvel Studios allowing them to share the character. The studio has now decided to tap the well of Valiant Entertainment, having signed a deal which will see them produce Harbinger, Bloodshot and Harbinger Wars, a crossover film akin to The Avengers and Justice League.
Bloodshot was set to be helmed by duo Chad Stahelski (John Wick, John Wick: Chapter Two) & David Leitch (Atomic Blonde, John Wick) from a script by Eric Heisserer (Arrival, Lights Out) & Jeff Wadlow (Kick Ass 2, Never Back Down). However, via an interview Bleeding Cool recently conducted at Emerald City Comic-Con with Heisserer and Valiant CEO/CCO Dinesha Shamdasani, it appears that Stahelski & Leitch have dropped out due to scheduling conflicts, with Blur Studio vfx creative supervisor Dave Wilson taking over for them, making this his directorial debut. Through his employment with Blur, Wilson has done visual effects work on Avengers: Age of Ultron, BioShock: Infinite, Mass Effect 2, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II and Halo Wars. Sony apparently is trying to fast track this project to presumably take advantage of the burgeoning R-rated comic book movie craze instigated by Deadpool and Logan. The character of Bloodshot (am amnesiac soldier injected with rapidly self-healing nanomachines) has been compared to those two variously over the years, so it makes sense that they would want to get this thing moving as quickly as possible.
Of interesting note, YouTube channel Bat in the Sun has already filmed a Valiant web series titled Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe which will feature former Mighty Morphin Power Rangers star and MMA fighter Jason David Frank as Bloodshot. It’s unknown if Frank will also be portraying the character in the Bloodshot film, but I’m willing to bet Sony is going to want a bigger name to headline the cast.
Bloodshot currently has no filming start or release date, but check back here for more news as it becomes available.