Saturday, 19 September 2015

Tom Hardy set for 100 Bullets

He may have had to drop out of David Ayer's (Fury) Suicide Squad, but Tom Hardy (Inception) has found a different comic book adaption to spark his interest. News arrives via The Hollywood Reporter that he is now attached to produce and potentially star in New Line's adaptation of the Vertigo title 100 Bullets.

Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso's noirish crime saga ran for an appropriate (and award winning) hundred issues between 1999 and 2009. 100 Bullets involves the mysterious Agent Graves, who begins to arrive in people's lives with a briefcase containing a gun and 100 untraceable rounds of ammo, offering law immune retribution for personal injustices. The series alternates between the individual stories of the people who are given the briefcases, and the bigger picture of Graves, his covert group The Minutemen, and their wider agenda.

After at least one previous attempt to turn it into a film, the comic book had been set up at US cable network Showtime, which is where it seemed to have a more natural home to tell its sprawling story. Still, New Line is putting its faith in writer Chris Borrelli (Vatican Tapes), who has worked on a script. The details, according to The Hollywood Reporter, remain under wraps, but it looks like it will be as true to the comic as a film screenplay, with all its timing limitations, can be.

Hardy can currently be seen pulling double duty as Ronnie and Reggie Kray in Legend. He has also worked on Alejandro González Iñárritu's (Babel) The Revenant, which is scheduled to hit our cinemas on 15 January next year, and has a variety of projects in development, including miniseries Taboo and two films about animal poaching in Africa.

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