Vin Diesel, no stranger to sci-fi or action, is reportedly in talks to embark on some serious sci-fi action in Sony’s 2019 Bloodshot film.
Based on Valiant’s Bloodshot comics, The Wrap is reporting that Diesel — best known for making like 30 Fast & Furious movies as well as playing Riddick and voicing Groot and the Iron Giant — will star in the R-rated film, being directed by Dave Wilson, Deadpool helmer Tim Miller’s partner at Blur Studio.
Oscar-nominee Eric Heisserer (Arrival), who also pens Valiant’s Secret Weapons series, is writing the script. If Diesel signs on, he’ll be reunited with his F&F super producer, Neil Moritz, who's working with Dinesh Shamadasani (Valiant Entertainment’s Shadowman feature, as well as their upcoming TV series Quantum and Woody and Ninjak vs the Valiant Universe).
According to “insiders,” Bloodshot will follow in the footsteps of Logan and Deadpool as far as pushing comic book movies into R-rated terrain, “that will be tonally and aesthetically influenced by high-concept, sci-fi blockbusters of the late ’80s including Robocop, Terminator, and Total Recall."
Valiant Comics also tweeted out The Wrap’s link, so perhaps they stand by the story...
In the comics, Bloodshot is a former soldier brought back from the dead through nano-technology injected into his bloodstream, which allows for super strength and healing, cyber interfacing, and shapeshifting. The series was created by Kevin VanHook, Don Perlin and Bob Layton in 1992, and throughout the course of five separate Bloodshot titles, has helped Valiant become the third biggest publisher of superhero comics, behind DC and Marvel.
Jared Leto was reportedly offered the role back in July, but that apparently fell through. Oscar Isaac, James McAvoy, and Mark Wahlberg were also rumored at one time or another. If Diesel signs on, he’s expected to be a big part of Valiant’s ideas for a shared cinematic universe, with two Bloodshot films planned, two Harbinger films, and a crossover film based on the "Harbinger Wars" arc.
SYFY WIRE has reached out to Sony for confirmation on Diesel’s starring role, but has not heard back as of yet. What do you think of him playing Bloodshot? Let us know in the comments!