Vin Diesel Closes Deal to Star in Sony’s ‘Bloodshot’

Vin Diesel has closed his deal to take the lead role in the adaptation of the Valiant comic book “Bloodshot” for Sony Pictures, TheWrap has confirmed. TheWrap first exclusively reported Diesel was in talks to star back in January.

The studio will start principal photography in July. The film will also reunite Diesel with “Fast and the Furious” mega-producer Neal Moritz, who is producing alongside Valiant’s Dinesh Shamdasani. This is the first time that Moritz and Diesel have worked together outside of the “Fast and Furious” franchise.

Dave Wilson, who is “Deadpool” director Tim Miller’s partner at Blur Studios, is attached to direct.

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“Bloodshot” is about a mortally wounded soldier resurrected with cutting-edge nanotechnology and tasked with rounding up super-powered outcasts known as “harbingers.” “Bloodshot” was created by Kevin Van Hook, Don Perlin and Bob Layton in 1992.

“Bloodshot” over its comic book run amassed 110 issues of comics with over 7.5 million copies sold. Valiant’s library is truly one of the great and as-yet untapped wells of intellectual property. The publisher’s bench of more than 2,000 superhero characters (with lifetime sales of more than 80 million copies) makes it the third largest library of superheroes behind Marvel and DC — and the only one not currently owned by a major conglomerate. Valiant’s comic books are the best-reviewed books over the past five years; “Bloodshot” in particular has been honored with numerous critics’ awards.

According to insiders, Sony and Wilson plan to follow in the footsteps of the recent success of “Logan” and “Deadpool” with an R-rated take on the comic adaptation that will be tonally and aesthetically influenced by high-concept, sci-fi blockbusters of the late ’80s including “Robocop,” “Terminator” and “Total Recall.”

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“Bloodshot” will be a return to Diesel’s roots — he launched to international fame as a hard-hitting action star in “xXx” and “Pitch Black” before locking into “The Fast and the Furious” series. Diesel was also 2017’s top-grossing actor at the box office. According to Forbes, Diesel topped the list with $1.6 billion in global ticketing receipts, thanks to the success of “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage” and “Fate of the Furious.”

Diesel is now locking down a superhero franchise to call his own — one that Sony is targeting as a hard-R, big-budget tentpole for 2019.

Diesel is repped by CAA.

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Vin Diesel has closed his deal to take the lead role in the adaptation of the Valiant comic book “Bloodshot” for Sony Pictures, TheWrap has confirmed. TheWrap first exclusively reported Diesel was in talks to star back in January.

The studio will start principal photography in July. The film will also reunite Diesel with “Fast and the Furious” mega-producer Neal Moritz, who is producing alongside Valiant’s Dinesh Shamdasani. This is the first time that Moritz and Diesel have worked together outside of the “Fast and Furious” franchise.

Dave Wilson, who is “Deadpool” director Tim Miller’s partner at Blur Studios, is attached to direct.

“Bloodshot” is about a mortally wounded soldier resurrected with cutting-edge nanotechnology and tasked with rounding up super-powered outcasts known as “harbingers.” “Bloodshot” was created by Kevin Van Hook, Don Perlin and Bob Layton in 1992.

“Bloodshot” over its comic book run amassed 110 issues of comics with over 7.5 million copies sold. Valiant’s library is truly one of the great and as-yet untapped wells of intellectual property. The publisher’s bench of more than 2,000 superhero characters (with lifetime sales of more than 80 million copies) makes it the third largest library of superheroes behind Marvel and DC — and the only one not currently owned by a major conglomerate. Valiant’s comic books are the best-reviewed books over the past five years; “Bloodshot” in particular has been honored with numerous critics’ awards.

According to insiders, Sony and Wilson plan to follow in the footsteps of the recent success of “Logan” and “Deadpool” with an R-rated take on the comic adaptation that will be tonally and aesthetically influenced by high-concept, sci-fi blockbusters of the late ’80s including “Robocop,” “Terminator” and “Total Recall.”

“Bloodshot” will be a return to Diesel’s roots — he launched to international fame as a hard-hitting action star in “xXx” and “Pitch Black” before locking into “The Fast and the Furious” series. Diesel was also 2017’s top-grossing actor at the box office. According to Forbes, Diesel topped the list with $1.6 billion in global ticketing receipts, thanks to the success of “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage” and “Fate of the Furious.”

Diesel is now locking down a superhero franchise to call his own — one that Sony is targeting as a hard-R, big-budget tentpole for 2019.

Diesel is repped by CAA.

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Vin Diesel Back In Action With Sony’s ‘Bloodshot’, Valiant Comic Adaptation With Dave Wilson Directing

EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures has closed a deal with Vin Diesel to star in the studio’s sci-fi/action movie Bloodshot, an adaptation of the Valiant comic book series. Dave Wilson, the longtime collaborator of Deadpool and the upcoming Terminator reboot helmer Tim Miller and creative director at their Blur Studios, is aboard make his feature directing debut with the script from Arrival Oscar-winning scribe Eric Heisserer. We’re hearing the pic will be in the tone of the classic…

EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures has closed a deal with Vin Diesel to star in the studio’s sci-fi/action movie Bloodshot, an adaptation of the Valiant comic book series. Dave Wilson, the longtime collaborator of Deadpool and the upcoming Terminator reboot helmer Tim Miller and creative director at their Blur Studios, is aboard make his feature directing debut with the script from Arrival Oscar-winning scribe Eric Heisserer. We’re hearing the pic will be in the tone of the classic…

DMG Takes Full Ownership Of Valiant Entertainment Comic Book Universe

Dan Mintz’s DMG Entertainment has taken full control of Valiant Entertainment, the indie publisher of comic books and graphic novels with a library of more than 2,000 characters. DMG had previously pacted with Valiant back in 2015 to develop properties for features, television, publishing and licensing.
Mintz’s plan going forward is to integrate the Valiant IP into DMG, providing capital and filmmaking expertise to create feature franchises. Valiant is the third largest…

Dan Mintz’s DMG Entertainment has taken full control of Valiant Entertainment, the indie publisher of comic books and graphic novels with a library of more than 2,000 characters. DMG had previously pacted with Valiant back in 2015 to develop properties for features, television, publishing and licensing. Mintz’s plan going forward is to integrate the Valiant IP into DMG, providing capital and filmmaking expertise to create feature franchises. Valiant is the third largest…

Film News Roundup: Vin Diesel in Early Talks to Join ‘Bloodshot’ at Sony

In today’s film news round-up, Vin Diesel is eyeing “Bloodshot,” Matt Lauria joins “Shaft,” and Jonathan Fernandez nabs a hosting gig. CASTINGS Vin Diesel is in early talks to star in Sony’s “Bloodshot” science-fiction movie project, based on the Valiant comic character. “Bloodshot” would be produced by Neal Moritz through his Original Films alongside Valiant’s […]

In today’s film news round-up, Vin Diesel is eyeing “Bloodshot,” Matt Lauria joins “Shaft,” and Jonathan Fernandez nabs a hosting gig. CASTINGS Vin Diesel is in early talks to star in Sony’s “Bloodshot” science-fiction movie project, based on the Valiant comic character. “Bloodshot” would be produced by Neal Moritz through his Original Films alongside Valiant’s […]

Vin Diesel in Talks to Star in Sony’s ‘Bloodshot’ Movie (Exclusive)

Vin Diesel is in talks to star in Sony’s “Bloodshot” movie based on the Valiant comic, TheWrap has learned.

Sony revealed it would be moving forward with its five-film shared universe plan for joint franchises based on the Valiant comic books “Harbinger” and “Bloodshot.”

“Bloodshot” is about a mortally wounded soldier resurrected with cutting-edge nanotechnology and tasked with rounding up superpowered outcasts known as “harbingers.” “Bloodshot” was created by Kevin Van Hook, Don Perlin and Bob Layton in 1992.

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The film will also reunite Diesel with “Fast and the Furious” mega-producer Neal Moritz, who is producing alongside Valiant’s Dinesh Shamdasani.

Dave Wilson, who is “Deadpool” director Tim Miller’s partner at Blur Studios, is attached to direct. Oscar-nominated screenwriter Eric Heisserer (“Arrival”) is writing the screenplay.

According to insiders, Sony and Wilson plan to follow in the footsteps of the recent success of “Logan” and “Deadpool” with an R-rated take on the comic adaptation that will be tonally and aesthetically influenced by high-concept, sci-fi blockbusters of the late ’80s including “Robocop,” “Terminator,” and “Total Recall.”

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“Bloodshot” will be a return to Diesel’s roots — he launched to international fame as a hard-hitting action star in “xXx” and “Pitch Black” before locking into “The Fast and the Furious” series. Diesel was also 2017’s top-grossing actor at the box office. According to Forbes, Diesel topped the list with $1.6 billion in global ticketing receipts, thanks to the success of “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage” and “Fate of the Furious.”

Diesel is now locking down a superhero franchise to call his own — one that Sony is targeting as a hard-R, big-budget tentpole for 2019.

Valiant’s library is truly one of the great and as-yet untapped wells of intellectual property. The publisher’s bench of more than 2,000 superhero characters (with lifetime sales of more than 80 million copies) makes it the third largest library of superheroes behind Marvel and DC — and the only one not currently owned by a major conglomerate.

Diesel is repped by CAA. Sony had no comment.

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Vin Diesel is in talks to star in Sony’s “Bloodshot” movie based on the Valiant comic, TheWrap has learned.

Sony revealed it would be moving forward with its five-film shared universe plan for joint franchises based on the Valiant comic books “Harbinger” and “Bloodshot.”

“Bloodshot” is about a mortally wounded soldier resurrected with cutting-edge nanotechnology and tasked with rounding up superpowered outcasts known as “harbingers.” “Bloodshot” was created by Kevin Van Hook, Don Perlin and Bob Layton in 1992.

The film will also reunite Diesel with “Fast and the Furious” mega-producer Neal Moritz, who is producing alongside Valiant’s Dinesh Shamdasani.

Dave Wilson, who is “Deadpool” director Tim Miller’s partner at Blur Studios, is attached to direct. Oscar-nominated screenwriter Eric Heisserer (“Arrival”) is writing the screenplay.

According to insiders, Sony and Wilson plan to follow in the footsteps of the recent success of “Logan” and “Deadpool” with an R-rated take on the comic adaptation that will be tonally and aesthetically influenced by high-concept, sci-fi blockbusters of the late ’80s including “Robocop,” “Terminator,” and “Total Recall.”

“Bloodshot” will be a return to Diesel’s roots — he launched to international fame as a hard-hitting action star in “xXx” and “Pitch Black” before locking into “The Fast and the Furious” series. Diesel was also 2017’s top-grossing actor at the box office. According to Forbes, Diesel topped the list with $1.6 billion in global ticketing receipts, thanks to the success of “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage” and “Fate of the Furious.”

Diesel is now locking down a superhero franchise to call his own — one that Sony is targeting as a hard-R, big-budget tentpole for 2019.

Valiant’s library is truly one of the great and as-yet untapped wells of intellectual property. The publisher’s bench of more than 2,000 superhero characters (with lifetime sales of more than 80 million copies) makes it the third largest library of superheroes behind Marvel and DC — and the only one not currently owned by a major conglomerate.

Diesel is repped by CAA. Sony had no comment.

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Jared Leto In Talks For ‘Bloodshot’ At Sony

EXCLUSIVE: Jared Leto is in talks to star in Sony’s Bloodshot which is based on indie comic book publisher Valiant Entertainment’s IP. The project, which is being produced by Neal Moritz, is being directed by Dave Wilson who is partnered with Deadpool director Tim Miller’s at Blur Studios.
This is the second film from a five-picture deal that was the result of a deal between Beverly Hills-based DMG and Valiant. Sony acquired the Bloodshot series from Valiant back in 2012…

EXCLUSIVE: Jared Leto is in talks to star in Sony’s Bloodshot which is based on indie comic book publisher Valiant Entertainment’s IP. The project, which is being produced by Neal Moritz, is being directed by Dave Wilson who is partnered with Deadpool director Tim Miller’s at Blur Studios. This is the second film from a five-picture deal that was the result of a deal between Beverly Hills-based DMG and Valiant. Sony acquired the Bloodshot series from Valiant back in 2012…

‘Harbinger,’ ‘Bloodshot’ Screenwriter Reveals Status of Valiant Comics Adaptations

“Arrival” screenwriter Eric Heisserer has given fans of “Harbinger” and “Bloodshot”an update on the status of the Valiant comic book adaptations.

“I believe ‘Harbinger’ is out on the director version of Tinder, trying to find a match,” he said in a recent interview for TheWrap’s magazine. “We’re trying to find the right filmmaker for that project, but I’m pretty excited about that.”

When asked what’s happening with the script for “Bloodshot,” Heisserer said, “I am right now staring at a revised draft of ‘Bloodshot;’ that’s what I am working on today.” He added that he hopes to be done with it soon because he wants “to go off and enjoy Thanksgiving peacefully!”

Also Read: Sony Moves Up Plans for ‘Harbinger’ as 1st Movie in Valiant Comics Cinematic Universe (Exclusive)

In September, Sony revealed it would be moving forward with its five-film plan for joint franchises based on the Valiant comic books “Harbinger” and “Bloodshot.” The studio preemptively renewed its option on “Harbinger” — which follows a teenage runaway with massive telekinetic powers — for a sum in the high six figures and is moving to package the pictures quickly.

The previously announced “Bloodshot” — about a mortally-wounded soldier resurrected with cutting-edge nanotechnology and tasked with rounding up “harbingers” — is now seen as the second film in the series.

Bloodshot would be introduced as the villain in franchise kickoff “Harbinger,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap back in September, with the “Bloodshot” film following a year later.

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The plot of the “Harbinger” screenplay by Heisserer is being kept under wraps, but it’s believed to follow Valiant’s 2012 volume in the “Bloodshot” series.

Additionally, the move to bump “Harbinger” up in the release order is giving Sony ample opportunity to develop and position additional spinoffs from the Valiant universe.

The publisher’s library represents an as-yet untapped well of intellectual property for Hollywood. Valiant’s bench of more than 2,000 superhero characters (with lifetime sales of more than 80 million copies) makes it the third largest library of superheroes behind Marvel and DC — and the only one not currently owned by a major conglomerate.

Sony has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.

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“Arrival” screenwriter Eric Heisserer has given fans of “Harbinger” and “Bloodshot”an update on the status of the Valiant comic book adaptations.

“I believe ‘Harbinger’ is out on the director version of Tinder, trying to find a match,” he said in a recent interview for TheWrap’s magazine. “We’re trying to find the right filmmaker for that project, but I’m pretty excited about that.”

When asked what’s happening with the script for “Bloodshot,” Heisserer said, “I am right now staring at a revised draft of ‘Bloodshot;’ that’s what I am working on today.” He added that he hopes to be done with it soon because he wants “to go off and enjoy Thanksgiving peacefully!”

In September, Sony revealed it would be moving forward with its five-film plan for joint franchises based on the Valiant comic books “Harbinger” and “Bloodshot.” The studio preemptively renewed its option on “Harbinger” — which follows a teenage runaway with massive telekinetic powers — for a sum in the high six figures and is moving to package the pictures quickly.

The previously announced “Bloodshot” — about a mortally-wounded soldier resurrected with cutting-edge nanotechnology and tasked with rounding up “harbingers” — is now seen as the second film in the series.

Bloodshot would be introduced as the villain in franchise kickoff “Harbinger,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap back in September, with the “Bloodshot” film following a year later.

The plot of the “Harbinger” screenplay by Heisserer is being kept under wraps, but it’s believed to follow Valiant’s 2012 volume in the “Bloodshot” series.

Additionally, the move to bump “Harbinger” up in the release order is giving Sony ample opportunity to develop and position additional spinoffs from the Valiant universe.

The publisher’s library represents an as-yet untapped well of intellectual property for Hollywood. Valiant’s bench of more than 2,000 superhero characters (with lifetime sales of more than 80 million copies) makes it the third largest library of superheroes behind Marvel and DC — and the only one not currently owned by a major conglomerate.

Sony has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.

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