Deadline reports Jared Leto is in talks to star in Sony Pictures’ adaptation of the comic book Bloodshot from Valiant Entertainment.
Leto is negotiating for the role of the Bloodshot protagonist Angelo Mortalli, a ruthless hired gun for the mob who is set up and framed for a murder by the family. Mortalli goes into witness protection but is ultimately betrayed by the FBI forced into an experimental program where he is injected with nanites that erase his brain and rebuild his body to be a weapon with superhuman strength and healing powers.
Dave Wilson is set to direct the project with Neil Moritz producing alongside Toby Jaffe through the Original Films banner and by Valiant’s Dinesh Shamdasani with Matthew Vaughn and Jason Kothari serving as exec producers.
Bloodshot will be the second film in a five-picture deal Sony has with Valiant and DMG. The first being Harbinger which is being written by Justin Tipping and Joshua Beirne-Golden. The plan is for each movie to get a sequel before the characters cross over in Harbinger Wars.
In addition to Harbinger and Bloodshot, Valiant also has an adaptation of Shadowman in development with House Party director Reginald Hudlin. Sean Daniel and Jason Brown of The Sean Daniel Company are set to produce the feature film adaptation with Valiant Entertainment’s Dinesh Shamdasani. The project will first be developed in-house by Hudlin and Salem showrunner Adam Simon before being shopped to studios.
Independent Comics Perfect For TV
I really don’t understand why so many great, independent comics are being ignored by Hollywood executives.
Marvel and DC dominated television in 2016 with the Arrowverse bringing the Legends of Tomorrow into the mix and Netflix adding both Jessica Jones and Luke Cage to their expanding list of original titles. Comic book films also did well in the box office last year, even if the critics weren’t always too happy, so it seems from an investment perspective comic book properties are still a good bet. Independent comics are full of characters and concepts that have the potential to become the next big thing. Fortunately, with Valiant’s recent announcement of an online Ninjak series and FX finally naming a show runner for their Y:The Last Man adaptation, it seems comic fans have a lot to look forward to in the years ahead.
Here’s a list of 10 more comics ripe for the silver screen. Click Next to start!