Sony releasing Bloodshot on digital platforms early
In an effort to keep up with competing studios Disney, Universal and Warner Bros. and help fans looking for entertainment while practicing self-quarantines, Sony has announced that Bloodshot will be debuting on digital platforms March 24, eleven days after its theatrical release. (Via The Hollywood Reporter)
The decision to release the film early on VOD comes days after Disney released Frozen II early on streaming service Disney+, Universal Pictures released The Invisible Man and The Hunt with plans to simultaneously release Trolls World Tour in theaters, STX delivering The Gentlemen early and digitally and Warner Bros. pushing up Just Mercy and Birds of Prey‘s online debuts.
The Vin Diesel vehicle hit theaters on March 13 in the midst of the lowest box office weekend since 1998 due to coronavirus concerns, bringing in only $24.6 million globally on a $45 million production budget and garnering mixed-to-negative reviews from critics and audiences alike.
Created by Kevin VanHook, 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.
The film is currently in theaters and is set to hit digital platforms on March 24!
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