Bloodshot Feature Film Has Found A Director


It was revealed at Emerald City Comic Con that David Wilson has signed on to direct the first Valiant movie, Bloodshot.

It would seem that if you are a Hollywood executive your studio doesn’t have some kind of shared cinematic universe nowadays, you just aren’t doing your job.

Ever since Marvel Studios changed the game with Iron Man in 2008, film production companies have been desperately trying to recreate the formula for their success. And considering the MCU has grossed over $10 billion to date, who can really blame them?

But so far, results have been mixed. The DC Extended Universe has gotten off to a rocky start with films that make money but get ravaged by the critics. Sony tried to make a Spider-Man shared universe only to give up and let Marvel take control of the character while 20th Century Fox is still trying to form a game plan when it comes to the X-Men films.

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The new kids on the block to take a swing at making interconnected movies are Valiant Entertainment. It was announced in 2015 that the comic book publisher had reached a deal with Sony Pictures to make five movies based on Valiant properties: two Bloodshot films and two Harbinger films which will lead into a fifth film, Harbinger Wars.

And now it would appear that a director has been found for the first movie.

It was revealed (via Bleeding Cool) during one of Valiant’s panels at Emerald City Comic Con that Dave Wilson has agreed to direct Bloodshot, the first Valiant film out of the gate.

While Wilson is far from a household name, there is a very good chance you have seen his work. He is the creative director at Blur Studio, which was co-founded by Tim Miller of Deadpool fame and specializes in visual effects and animation. Wilson has directed a number of cinematic trailers for upcoming video games, including Star Wars: The Old Republic, Bioshock: Infinite and The Division.

While the announcement of Wilson directing Bloodshot isn’t going to get anyone’s pulse racing, this is probably the best decision both Valiant and Sony could have made.

First, it’s not like anyone who has never been to a comics shop even knows who Bloodshot is. He doesn’t have the name recognition of Superman or Spider-Man so it was going to be an uphill battle for the project right out of the gate. And second, why not take a chance on a first-time director? DC hasn’t had a terrible amount of luck working with established filmmakers and Marvel has had to part ways with a few due to “creative differences.”

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This was both Wilson and Valiant can go into this project with no preconceived notions about what to expect. Both can learn together what will work, what won’t and how to make the Valiant Cinematic Universe a winner.

Currently Bloodshot doesn’t have a release date but keep it here on Bam Smack Pow for more information as it develops.