March 1, 2012

Sony Making Bloodshot Without Matthew Vaughn?

We haven't heard much in the development of the Bloodshot film since it was announced that Matthew Vaughn and writing partner Jane Goldman (Woman In Black) were going to put together a live-action film based on the comic book. It looks like the two have left the project as HeatVision reports Sony and producer Neal H. Mortiz have bought a pitch from writer Jeff Wadlow. A director isn't named but since Wadlow has directed a few films I wouldn't count him out.

Bloodshot entered the Valiant universe as mob killer Angelo Mortalli, who enters a witness protection program and then becomes part of a secret experiment to create the ultimate killing machine. His memories are erased and he is injected with microscopic computers called nanites. As he tries to rediscover who he was, he battles both the mob and the police.

Vaughn and Goldman seem to have passed on the project with this news. I assume for more creative and higher paying gigs. Mainly their own ventures and a sequel to X-Men First Class which Fox is quickly fast-tracking. Matthew currently has two other possible directorial projects in development which include The Secret Service and Superior both films based on Mark Millar comics. This said, there isn't confirmation that Vaughn has entirely left the movie entirely. The biggest red-flag in my opinion is that Vaughn isn't mentioned in the article and isn't named as a writer or producer.

Mortiz is gathering a very large resume of genre focused productions with films like Total Recall, I Am Legend, 21 Jump Street, Jack The Giant Killer, Fast Five, R.I.P.D. and the Highlander reboot. I feel like he very well could put some interesting talent behind this project it could end up being at the very least a fun popcorn film.

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