Matthew Vaughn, director of X-Men: First Class and Kick-Ass will once again jump into the world of comic book adaptations, this time with a title from 90's comic giants, Valiant Comics in Bloodshot.
According to Deadline, Sony Pictures has acquired Vaughn for the film on the heels of a script by Jeff Wadlow (Prey, Cry_Wolf), who is apparently getting a $450K payday against a cool million.
What exactly would Bloodshot bring to an already crowded field of comic book films?
It might be helpful for the uninitiated to think of Bloodshot as The Punisher with mutant-like powers. He was an ex Mob killer named Angelo Mortalli, who ended up framed by his former family for a murder. (Because how sucky would it be for a ruthless hit-man to be framed for a job he didn't actually do?)
After ending up in witness protection with the FBI, he eventually finds himself in a Captain-America-like experiment to create the ultimate soldier. This one, however, injected microscopic nanites into his bloodstream, rendering his complexion chalky-white, but giving him enhanced abilities and Wolverine-like healing powers. (And all the dramatic amnesia that goes with it, as well.)
Bloodshot was one of the signature characters of Valiant Comics, whose popularity throughout much of the 90's surged so high that it seemed ready to take its place as the third among the big two companies of DC and Marvel. While their popularity and circulation would eventually wane to the point of extinction, the company has just been relaunched beginning this year with ex-Marvel CEO, Peter Cuneo at the head.
When Vaughn tackles this film adaptation, he will do so with somewhat of a current tentpole as the Valiant brand is just now hitting comic book shops everywhere. A film with this kind of prominence will no doubt help them as they look to recapture the glory that they once held back in the early-to-mid 90's when they were renowned for deep storylines and their back issues were exploding on the secondary market.
This will likely be one of those R-rated comic book films that studios are so shy about making. However, the fact that Matthew Vaughn, just coming off the success of First Class is on board could be a positive sign.