Vin Diesel’s Bloodshot pushed back for a March 2020 release
Sony Pictures has changed the release date for their forthcoming action film adaptation of Bloodshot, based on Valiant Comics’ graphic novel of the same name. Originally set to debut on February 21, 2020, the Vin Diesel-led film will now hit the theaters on March 13, 2020, almost a month later than the previous release date. It will have minimal competition on the new date with Lionsgate’s Christian music romance I Still Believe and the STX family comedy My Spy starring Dave Bautista.
In addition, The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Valiant Entertainment and Blowfish Studios are teaming up to develop a number of multi-platform video game based of Valiant’s popular characters which especially includes a Bloodshot video game.
“We’re thrilled to bring Valiant’s characters back into the video game industry and give fans the opportunity to play as their favorite superheroes,” DMG Entertainment (Valiant’s parent company) founder and CEO Dan Mintz said in a statement. “Translating these characters and stories to video games could not come at a more exciting time as we introduce the world to the Valiant Universe on the big screen with the Bloodshot release. These games are poised to become further proof of these characters’ immense potential as anchors in pop culture.”
Created by Kevin Van Hook, Don Perlin, and Bob Layton, Bloodshot tells the story of a former soldier, Ray Garrison, killed and brought back to life with technological upgrades thanks to Rising Spirit Technologies, filling his body with billions of nanobots. This allows him to be the perfect soldier by healing from injuries, shapeshifting and even interacting with technology. Ray, aka Bloodshot, suffers total memory loss and struggles to reconnect with who he was while learning what sort of weapon he has become, with the help of a group of other augmented combatants known as Chainsaw.
The star-studded cast includes Vin Diesel (Fast & Furious series, xXx series) in the title role, Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Sam Heughan (Outlander), Eiza Gonzalez (Baby Driver), Talulah Riley (Westworld), Johannes Haukur Johannesson (Game of Thrones), Lamorne Morris (New Girl, Game Night), Guy Pearce (Prometheus) and Alex Hernandez (Unreal).
The feature is directed by Dave Wilson, who worked with Deadpool director Tim Miller at Blur Studios, directing cinematics for video games including Halo 2, Mass Effect 2 and BioShock Infinite. Academy Award-nominated writer Eric Heisserer (Arrival, The Thing) has penned the script for the film, as well as another of the Sony/Valiant features, Harbinger.
Diesel will be reunited with producer Neal Moritz, who he has collaborated with on both The Fast and the Furious franchise and the first xXx film. Moritz’s other credits include 21 Jump Street and I Am Legend, plus another superhero film with The Green Hornet.