Early this morning, Columbia Pictures released the second look at their upcoming Vin Diesel vehicle, Bloodshot.
It looks like the superhero marketplace just got a little more crowded as Valiant Comics’ popular series, Bloodshot, has been adapted for the big-screen. The comic centered around Ray Garrison, a Marine who is brutally murdered alongside his wife. Garrison is brought back from the dead by a mysterious organization and when he regains consciousness, he discovers he has amazing, new nano-technological abilities. However. like all good revenge tales, he can’t recall his past life. When his old memories begin to resurface, it leads him on a merciless trail of vengeance.
The initial trailer for Bloodshot was released two months ago and left audiences a little off balance and underwhelmed. This latest sizzle reel is intended as a fresh restart for the marketing of the film. The international trailer focuses on the science fiction and thriller elements fundamental to the franchise, while giving viewers a taste of the movie’s story. Check out the trailer below:
Superstar Vin Diesel will play Garrison in the big-screen adaptation for director Dave Wilson, who’s also making his feature film directing debut. Wilson has spent most of his career working in visual effects on projects from both the world of video games and film. Joining Diesel is Eiza Gonzalez (Hobbs and Shaw), Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), and Guy Pearce (Iron Man 3), in the supporting cast. There are some world-class actors in the film and surely the hopes are that they can help to ground the fantastic science-fiction adventure.
While it’s easy to label this a superhero story, the film actually has a lot more in common with another popular sci-fi franchise, Robocop. As both have protagonists who are rebuilt into killing machines after their own deaths and must struggle with regaining a sense of self, while taking down a crime syndicate. It’s in Vin Diesel’s toolkit to play an emotionless robot. So if Bloodshot can replicate even a fraction of that film’s impact, Columbia and their parent company Sony Pictures, may be on to something here.
At one point in the film’s development, Bloodshot was intended to be the launching ground for a cinematic universe revolving around popular characters from the world of Valiant Comics. There have been rights issues behind the scenes, so it will be interesting to see how heavily the movie explores these aspects, or if this is simply a self-contained story. In addition, despite the film’s brutal action, it has been rumored that the film is shooting for a PG-13 rating, which risks alienating some of the comic’s hardcore base.
The ninth film in the Fast and Furious franchise is in post-production and prepping for a summertime release. However, DIesel hasn’t been able to mimic that level of success with an original project in years, so there’s a lot riding on the Spring release of Bloodshot for the action icon. Fortunately, audiences only have to wait a couple of short months to discover all the answers.
Bloodshot Official Synopsis
Based on the bestselling comic book, Vin Diesel stars as Ray Garrison, a soldier recently killed in action and brought back to life as the superhero Bloodshot by the RST corporation. With an army of nanotechnology in his veins, he’s an unstoppable force –stronger than ever and able to heal instantly. But in controlling his body, the company has sway over his mind and memories, too. Now, Ray doesn’t know what’s real and what’s not – but he’s on a mission to find out.
Bloodshot will be in a theater near you on March 13th. 2020. What did you think of the trailer for Bloodshot? Will you be checking it out? Tell us why or why not in the comment section below or on our social media!