‘John Wick’ Directors to Adapt ‘Bloodshot’ Comic, Build Valiant Universe For Sony Pictures
While Marvel and DC continue to build their cinematic universes, another comic company is getting into the game. Sony Pictures has announced a deal to build a Valiant Cinematic Universe, starting with Bloodshot, a comic adaptation to be directed by David Leitch and Chad Stahelski (John Wick) that will eventually lead to the crossover film Harbinger Wars.
According to THR, Leitch and Stahelski will direct from a screenplay written by Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) and Eric Heisserer (The Thing remake), with the film produced by Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman: The Secret Service) and Neal Moritz (the Fast and Furious franchise). A superhero franchise that launches with John Wick, Kick-Ass, Kingsman and Fast and Furious credentials? A pretty impressive start.
Assuming the film is a success (and given Sony's proclivity towards putting the cart before the horse, that's a big assumption), Bloodshot will get a sequel and there will be two films based on Valiant's Harbinger comics before they crossover in the Harbinger Wars finale. No word yet on which directors, if any, are attached to the Harbinger films at this time.
Leitch and Stahelski were in the mix for one of the upcoming DC Comics movies, so getting them to direct their inaugural Valiant movie was something of a coup for Sony. The duo are set to direct Chris Pratt in Universal's Cowboy Ninja Viking and it's unclear which of these projects will come first.
Bloodshot was created and first published in 1992 and follows a former soldier with the powers of regeneration and meta-morphing after a secret government agency injected nanotechnology into his blood stream. It's like Wolverine, if Wolverine used guns instead of adamantium claws.
Beyond Bloodshot and Harbinger, Archer & Armstrong and Shadowman are other Valiant comics in various stages of development, but don't appear to be a part of this particular universe.