The first major piece of post-San Diego film news dropped via Deadline Tuesday: Jared Leto is currently in early negotiations to star in Sony's big screen adaptation of Valiant's Bloodshot comic series and anchor Sony's five-film plan for parallel Bloodshot/Harbinger film franchises.
Not only is Leto well known in superhero circles for his portrayal of The Joker in Warner Bros.' Suicide Squad, he is also an Oscar, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild-winning performer – the proverbial "actor's actor."
With acclaimed turns in seminal films including Dallas Buyers Club, Requiem for a Dream, Fight Club, and American Psycho – plus a major role in the forthcoming Blade Runner 2049 alongside Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford – there is little doubt that, if true, Leto's commitment to Bloodshot would be nothing short of a triumphant moment for Valiant.
Case in point: As a publisher, Valiant commands approximately one percent market share of the US comics' market in any given month. With Leto, they might have just succeeded in snagging on of Warner Brothers' most decorated talents for their own upstart franchise. To say nothing of the fact that the Bloodshot team already includes Fast and The Furious mega-producer Neal Moritz, Oscar-nominated screenwriter Eric Heisserer, and director Dave Wilson, the creative partner of Deadpool director Tim Miller at VFX house Blur Studios.
A formidable line-up indeed for a company that has often been underestimated by its competitors in recent years… Only to see them top the charts with two of 2017's most successful independent comics series in the form of X-O Manowar and Secret Weapons.
And in true sign of cosmic kismet, Valiant's next major Bloodshot comics series, Bloodshot Salvation by Eisner winner Jeff Lemire and artists Lewis LaRosa and Mico Suayan, are being ordered by comic stores this week. Almost as if it had been planned…
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