Columbia Bags Rights to Bloodshot, the Valiant Comics Character

Neal Moritz will produce feature for Columbia based on the Valiant Comics character Bloodshot through his Original Films banner

Columbia Pictures is finalizing a deal to acquire the rights to adapt Bloodshot, the Valiant comic book character, into a feature film to be produced by Neal Moritz.

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He'll produce through his Original Film banner with Jason Kothari and Dinesh Shamdasani on behalf of Valiant Entertainment. The announcement was made Thursday by Hannah Minghella, president of production for Columbia Pictures.

Jeff Wadlow will write the screenplay.

Bloodshot first appeared in Valiant comic books in 1992 and quickly became one of the comic world’s most popular characters. Appearing in over 70 issues, the character has sold seven million comic books globally and was a cornerstone of the Valiant Universe, which sold more than 80 million comic books.

“The Bloodshot character has been a fan favorite for nearly two decades," Minghella said. "Neal is one of the best action producers working today and we know he is the right filmmaker to take on this potential franchise.”

Original Film is currently in post-production on four films: "21 Jump Street" and" Total Recall" for Columbia Pictures, "R.I.P.D." for Universal, and Warner Bros.' "Jack the Giant Killer."

Original is entering pre-production on the sixth entry in the "Fast and Furious" franchise as well as on "Dead Man Down," starring Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace