Former professional wrestler Dave Bautista is no stranger to playing rough and tumble characters on the big screen. In addition to appearing as Mr. Hinx in Spectre, the actor stars as Drax in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy series. Now, a recent tweet suggests that he may soon play the live-action version of Valiant’s the Eternal Warrior in an upcoming film of the same name.
Responding to a question about his involvement with the project, Bautista tweeted, “Glad you asked cuz I’m really excited about EW. We are currently working to get the script fan worthy and then we’ll be full on from there.”
Neither confirming or denying Bautista’s statements, Valiant CEO & CCO Dinesh Shamdasani responded to the former wrestler’s tweet.
I can neither confirm nor deny that @DaveBautista just revealed a giant secret lol!
— Dinesh Shamdasani (@dinesh_s) August 1, 2017
The Eternal Warrior debuted in 1992’s Solar, Man of the Atom #10 and returned in Archer & Armstrong #5 as part of Valiant’s 2012 reboot. The Eternal Warrior was born Gilad Anni-Padda in Mesopotamia, and is immortal, in addition to being a combat master. He is charged with protecting the Geomancer, a person capable of communicating with the Earth itself.
In 2015, Valiant announced it would pursue plans to make films based on Bloodshot, Harbinger and Harbinger Wars. The original deal involved five movies, which would consist of two Bloodshot and Harbinger films before tying them into each other for Harbinger Wars.
Justin Tipping and Joshua Beirne-Golden, who previously collaborated on hip-hop street drama Kicks, are set to write the Harbinger film, which was looking for a 2018 release. There are also reports that Sony is eyeing Joker actor Jared Leto to play Bloodshot. Should Leto join the film, he’ll be working with director Dave Wilson, who boarded the movie earlier this year.
It’s not entirely clear how the Eternal Warrior film will factor into Valiant’s deal with Sony. A separate deal will already see Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer directing an adaptation of Archer & Armstrong. There is a chance that the Eternal Warrior may appear in that film as Armstrong, also known as Aram, is Gilad’s brother. That film will be produced in-house before being shopped out to different studios.
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