Sony Pictures has decided to move full steam ahead with comic book adaptation Bloodshot, set to star Vin Diesel.
Word broke in January that Diesel had entered talks to play the Valiant comic book character in a potential franchise starter. Deadline now reports that Sony is moving quickly, locking in Diesel, greenlighting the project and scheduling cameras to start rolling in July.
Set to make his directorial debut with the film is visual effects guru Dave Wilson, who’s long collaborated with Deadlpool helmer Tim Miller at their Blur Studios. Wilson will be directing from a screenplay by Eric Heisserer, who earned an Oscar nom for writing 2016 sci-fi film Arrival.
Created in ’92 by Kevin Van Hook, Don Perlin and Bob Layton, Bloodshot is a former soldier who, thanks to nanites injected into his blood, has powers of regeneration and meta-morphing. After having his memory wiped, Bloodshot heads on a journey to discover his true identity and to get revenge on those who did this to him. He’s also tasked with rounding up super-powered outcasts known as “harbingers”.
Deadline reports that the film will be in the vain 80s sci-fi classics like Robocop, Terminator and Total Recall. Assuming all goes well, there’s plenty for the film franchise to mine; Bloodshot is part of the Valiant Expanded Universe, which has thousands of characters to explore.