*Yes, this headline should be read sarcastically.

You’ll remember that post X-Men in 2000, a lot of production companies started buying up comic book properties in the hops of spinning newsprint into celluloid gold. Could we be looking at something similar happening now post-Avengers?

Exhibit A: Adi Shankar‘s 1984 Private Defense Contractors production company has bought the film rights to Rob Liefeld’s Bloodstrike, one of numerous titles Liefeld co-created under his Extreme Comics shingle at Image Comics in the mid-90s. Shankar and Liefeld will produce the film with Liefeld’s manager Brooklyn Weaver.

For those without long memories, Bloodstrike was about a top-secret government squad of super-powered assassins who are recruited after death and revived by Project: Born Again. But it seems that Liefeld is intent on adding a financially friendly twist on the team with its transfer to the big screen, according to Variety. This Bloodstrike will be “aimed at creating a franchise appeal, focuses on a Bloodstrike unit consisting of a team of super-soldiers who have secretly been imbued with vampire blood — making them an elite strike force feared by all enemies.”

Never let it be said that Liefeld doesn’t know the best way to pander to make a buck.

What are the odds of seeing a Bloodstrike film sometime soon? Well, Shankar’s for a proven track record: he’s the producer behind the all-female :Expendables” concept, he co-financed The Grey, Marc Forster’s Machine Gun Preacher and Andrew Dominik’s upcoming Killing Them Softly starring Brad Pitt. So the man means business. Now we see if Liefeld can deliver.

More news as it develops.

Source: Geek Tyrant


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