Vin Diesel confirms Valiant Cinematic Universe plans after Bloodshot
TheÂ Fast and the FuriousÂ franchise may be approaching its end, but Vin Diesel has possibly found his next steady paycheck in the form of this weekâ€™sÂ Bloodshot, which was originally announced as a launching point for a possible cinematic universe focused on Valiant Comics characters. With Paramount taking the rights forÂ Harbinger, it appeared those plans were in trouble, but the 52-year-old actor has confirmed there were threads left open for future franchises in his solo superhero effort (via The Playlist).
In an interview with Superhero Fanatic, Diesel confirmed that there are hopes forÂ BloodshotÂ to take off and spawn future installments and that his film left open plenty of room to introduce other Valiant heroes and villains on the big screen.
â€śI think what [Bloodshot] does is that it opens the door for all of them,â€ť Diesel said. â€śI think youâ€™re going to see all of them. I think if youâ€™re a fan of Valiant Comics, then you are going to be delighted to hearâ€”and I think theyâ€™re going to wait until the movie comes outâ€”but theyâ€™re going to start putting out into the press all of the Valiant comic books that are going into the cinematic universe. Itâ€™s going to be very exciting.â€ť
While Diesel clarification that the studio is going to wait to see how this film performs is fair,Â BloodshotÂ has a few major hurdles to overcome, as early reviews for the film have done nothing but pan the effort for its lackluster action sequences, poor script from Jeff Wadlow (Fantasy Island) and Oscar-nominee Eric Heisserer (Arrival) and generic story. Additionally, itâ€™s only projected to open to $10 million at the box office, and given its $45 million production budgetÂ â€” with marketing costing more than likely costing doubleÂ â€” that is no small hill to overtake.
Created byÂ Kevin VanHook, Don Perlin, and Bob Layton,Â BloodshotÂ 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 & FuriousÂ series,Â xXxÂ series) in the title role, Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Sam Heughan (Outlander),Â Eiza Gonzalez (Baby Driver),Â Talulah Riley (Westworld), Johannes Haukur Johannesson (Game of Thrones), Lamorne Morris (New Girl,Â Game Night), Guy Pearce (Prometheus) and Alex Hernandez (Unreal).
The feature is directed by Dave Wilson, who worked withÂ DeadpoolÂ director Tim Miller at Blur Studios, directing cinematics for video games includingÂ Halo 2,Â Mass Effect 2Â andÂ BioShock Infinite.Â Academy Award-nominated writer Heisserer (Arrival,Â The Thing) has penned the script for the film, as well as another of the Sony/Valiant features,Â Harbinger.
Diesel will be reunited with producerÂ Neal Moritz, who he has collaborated with on bothÂ The Fast and the FuriousÂ franchise and the firstÂ xXxÂ film. Moritzâ€™s other credits includeÂ 21 Jump StreetÂ andÂ I Am Legend, plus another superhero film withÂ The Green Hornet.
The film will hit the theaters on March 13, 2020.
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