Valiant’s Bloodshot Gets Optioned by Sony

Valiant Comics return to prominence this year has yielded a new step forward for one of their creations into the world of movies. It was recently reported that Sony Pictures and Neal Moritz Original Film have teamed up to acquire the rights for the Valiant Comics series, Bloodshot. 

Bloodshot, like many comic book characters, was born out of experimentation gone wrong. Mob assassin Angelo Mortalli was forced into an experimental procedure which involved his body being injected with nanites that enhances his strength and skills but unfortunately in the process his memory was wiped clean.

The comic, Bloodshot, was introduced to the world in 1994 during a time when comics were “grim and gritty.” This time period gave us Marvel’s The Punisher and Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns.” Bloodshot became one of the highest-selling comics in the history of Valiant Comics when it sold a reported 900,000 copies.

When Acclaim Entertainment bought Valiant, they began the process of developing a video game based on the character, but unfortunately they scraped the project shortly after.

But good news! Valiant Entertainment has plans to bring the character back to the comic book world later this year.

Here is the official press release from Sony:

Columbia Pictures is closing a deal to acquire the rights to adapt Bloodshot, the bestselling Valiant comic book character, into a feature film to be produced by Neal H. Moritz through his Original Film banner and Jason Kothari and Dinesh Shamdasani on behalf of Valiant Entertainment, it was announced today by Hannah Minghella, president of production for Columbia Pictures.  Jeff Wadlow will write the screenplay.

Bloodshot first appeared in Valiant comic books in 1992 and quickly became one of the comic world’s most popular characters.  Appearing in over 70 issues, the character sold seven million comic books globally and was a cornerstone of the Valiant Universe, which sold more than 80 million comic books, third only to Marvel and DC. As Valiant re-launches in 2012, the Bloodshot character will return to shelves as well.

Commenting on the announcement, Minghella said, “The Bloodshot character has been a fan favorite for nearly two decades, selling  approximately 7 million comic books globally. Because there have been more than 1,500 pages of storylines published, there is a rich legacy to draw from as we develop the screenplay.  Neal is one of the best action producers working today and we know he is the right filmmaker to take on this potential franchise.”

Originally founded in 1989, Valiant Comics quickly became one of the most successful comic book publishers by creating unique and compelling heroes and villains and focusing on storytelling.  Valiant characters have been written and illustrated by many of the industry’s most famous creative talents, including Jim Shooter, Bob Layton, Barry Windsor Smith, Joe Quesada, Jim Lee, Frank Miller, Garth Ennis, Warren Ellis, Bryan Hitch, Steve Ditko, Mike Mignola, Kevin VanHook, Don Perlin and Neal Adams, among many others; in addition, Valiant was previously named Publisher of the Year by Diamond Comics Distributors.  Valiant is returning to comic books in May 2012 and has a number of movie projects in development based on its characters involving some of the industry’s top business and creative talent.

Neal Moritz and Original Film are currently in post-production on four films: 21 Jump Street andTotal Recall for Columbia Pictures, R.I.P.D. for Universal, and Warner Bros.’ Jack the Giant Killer. He is entering pre-production on the sixth entry in the Fast and Furious franchise as well as onDead Man Down, starring Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace. With over 40 films to Moritz’s credit, past titles include Battle: Los Angeles, The Green Hornet, The Fast and Furious series, I Am Legend, XXX, S.W.A.T., Gridiron Gang, Sweet Home Alabama, Click, Vantage Point, Blue Streak, Cruel Intentions, I Know What You Did Last Summer, The Skulls, Volcano, Urban Legend, and Juice. Original Film’s box office is north of 2 billion worldwide.

We definitely need a new comic book adaptation to love and cherish. I don’t think I can handle yet another reboot of Superman, Spider-Man, or Batman for at least another ten years. And while I have never read Bloodshot (and I keep hoping they do a young justice movie with Secret, Spoiler, and Impulse) I like the idea of another gritty, dark comic book being made for my viewing pleasure.

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