Tom Hardy has signed on to star in the Vertigo Comics adaptation 100 Bullets for New Line Cinema, according to a report from Heat Vision Blog. This project will be the first for New Line since taking over the adaptations of DC Comics' Vertigo imprint. The adaptation is already far into development, with Christopher Borrelli (The Vatican Tapes) writing the screenplay.
The original comic book, created by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso, centers on a special agent named Graves, who has a bizarre way of helping people. He approaches them with a picture of the person who ruined their lives, a gun, and 100 Bullets of ammunition that cannot be traced. The comic book series ran for, appropriately, 100 issues, between 1999 and 2009. No specific details were given regarding the adaptation's plot, but it is expected to stay true to the comics.
The news comes just a few months after Tom Hardy teased that he "has something cooking" with DC, hinting that it could be either a movie or a TV series. While he would't divulge the exact identity of the project, he called it "prime real estate" that is just "sitting under everybody's noses." We're pretty sure this project is what he was referring to. It certainly fits the bill.
New Line is also developing Sandman through the Vertigo comics label, but that project was inherited from Warner Bros., with 100 Bullets set to be the first project they adapt from scratch. David S. Goyer was previously developing a movie adaptation based on this comic, and Akiva Goldsman also developed it as a TV series for Showtime, but neither project got off the ground. 100 Bullets doesn't have a director attached at this time, but with Tom Hardy coming aboard, that could change soon. The star is also producing with his Hardy Son & Baker partner Dean Baker.
Tom Hardy recently starred in the box office blockbuster Mad Max: Fury Road, and he will next be seen in The Revenant, opening on Christmas Day. Are you looking forward to seeing what he can do with 100 Bullets? Let us know what you think and stay tuned for more updates as this project moves forward.