Sony Pictures Entertainment has a couple of Spider-Man movies hitting the theatres this year, and there is another less famous hero is also set to appear on the big screen in Sony’s Bloodshot. The lead role is going to be played by Vin Diesel, who made the announcement about the start of the movie’s production via an Instagram video earlier. There is not much known about the film at present, but, we know that Diesel and team including the video game VFX maestro/director Dave Wilson (The Division, Avengers: Age of Ultron) will be debuting as the director of this film, are in Cape Town, South Africa to start filming. Bloodshot is scheduled to release on February 21, 2020.
The creation of Kevin VanHook, Don Perlin and Bob Layton, Bloodshot was first published by Valiant Comics in 1992. It is the story of Angelo Mortalli, an ex-soldier who has powers like regeneration, shapeshifting and the ability to directly interact with technology courtesy of the countless nano-computers flowing in his blood-stream. As is typical of such origin stories, his memory is often wiped clean, making him embark on a mission for vengeance against the people who manipulated him. The title was again published in 2012 with the relaunch of Valiant Comics, and it was followed by “Bloodshot Reborn” in 2015. The film’s script has been written by Oscar-nominated writer Eric Heisserer. We don’t have any information about which issues and storylines will the film take inspiration from.
You can take a look at Vin Diesel’s message declaring the start of production of Bloodshot below, courtesy of his Instagram page:
It is quite exciting to notice the tone here. When we last heard about it, the film was to be an R-rated comic book film, just like Deadpool. However, it will be a movie “ “that will be tonally and aesthetically influenced by high-concept sci-fi blockbusters of the late 80s.” Since the production has started, we look forward to getting an idea of the tone and aesthetic in the coming months.
At present there are no big movies listed for February 21, 2020, but, on the weekend before, three major untitled films are there. One of them is from DC, a live-action film from Disney and Blumhouse also has the date marked. A week before that, Warner Bros has an untitled event movie, a sequel of Peter Rabbit. It is going to be a busy month, and we expect there to be some realignments between now and that date. Let’s see who shifts first.