After making their directorial debuts last year with the beloved action-thriller John Wick, directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch have found themselves in high demand. The directors signed on for Universal's Cowboy Ninja Viking in January and they are also being sought by Warner Bros. for a DC Comics adaptation, which is rumored to be Aquaman. Today we have a new report from Heat Vision Blog, which reports that the filmmakers have signed to direct Bloodshot, an adaptation of the Variant Comics title for Sony Pictures.
Bloodshot is being eyed for a 2017 release, so it seems this could be Chad Stahelski and David Leitch's next project. The directors will work from a script co-written by Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) and Eric Heisserer (The Thing remake), with Matthew Vaughn and Jason Kothari serving as executive producers. Bloodshot was created by Kevin VanHook, Don Perlin and Bob Layton, centering on a deceased soldier who is brought back to life by a secret government agency, where he is turned into an unstoppable killing machine with no memory.
Sony is also developing another Valiant property entitled Harbinger. These movies are part of a five-picture deal Valiant has signed with Sony Pictures, with both Bloodshot and Harbinger getting two movies apiece, before both properties will merge in Harbinger Wars, inspired by the 2013 crossover comic book series of the same name. Harbinger was created by Jim Shooter and David Lapham, and is described as a "next-generation X-Men-esque storyline" that follows a group of individuals with incredible powers who go on the run from the Harbinger Foundation, which is run by a shady philanthropist named Toyo Harada. Eric Heisserer will write the Harbinger script by himself, although the director is being kept under wraps for now.
Both Bloodshot and Harbinger were among the first properties to be revived during Valiant's re-launch in 2012. All five movies in the Harbinger Wars franchise will be produced by Valiant's Dinesh Shamdasani, along with Original Film's Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe. Valiant received funding in March from DMG Entertainment to develop movie and TV adaptations based on their comic books. While it isn't known which of these two properties will hit the big screen first, the first movie will hit theaters sometime in 2017.