Tom Hardy is producing and circling to star in New Line Cinema’s 100 BULLETS adaptation. The critically acclaimed Vertigo comic, created by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso, is the first adaptation to move forward at New Line after Warner Bros. transferred their DC Comics offshoot’s titles to the sibling studio. Chris Borrelli scripted the action pic, which Hardy will produce with Dean Baker through the duo’s Hardy Son & Baker shingle.
Spanning a hundred issues between 1999 to 2009 and a winner of multiple Eisner and Harvey awards, the series centers on Agent Graves, a man who gives people the opportunity to take action against a person who has ruined their lives by providing them with their aggressor’s identity, a gun, and a hundred rounds of untraceable ammunition. Hardy is eyeing the lead role in the film, which is said to stay faithful to the comics’ storyline.
Geoff Johns and Adam Schlagman will oversee for DC Entertainment, while Dave Neustadter, Richard Brener, and Walter Hamada oversee development for New Line. In June, New Line acquired all of Vertigo’s titles, with Warner’s intent that New Line would develop and produce the edgier, multi-genre fare so that it wouldn’t conflict with the DC superhero titles that Warner is producing. The ever popular 100 Bullets was previously set for a television adaptation with David Goyer and, at a separate time, a film with Weed Road producing.
No stranger to DC Comics, Hardy previously portrayed the sinister hulking terrorist known as Bane in Chris Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. Most recently, however, Hardy’s received accolades for his portrayal of Mad Max in George Miller’s opus Mad Max: Fury Road (also a Warner Bros. title), which became a critical darling and audience favorite when it hit cinemas in May.
Hardy will next appear in double doses playing notorious gangsters/brothers Ronald and Reginald Kray in Universal’s Legend and will star alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman follow-up, The Revenant.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor
This news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.