New Mad Max and all-around great actor Tom Hardy is final negotiations to star in and produce an adaptation of Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso’s “100 Bullets“. Based on the popular Vertigo Comics crime series, the film is set up over at Warner Bros. genre arm, New Line Cinemas, alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman.
“100 Bullets” centers on an enigmatic man named Agent Graves, who gives strangers a gun, 100 rounds of untraceable ammunition, and the name of the man who ruined their lives; sending them off with the knowledge that if they choose to seek revenge, they will very likely get away with it. What followed during the series’ decade-long, 100 issue run was a pulpy crime saga focusing on vengeance. Would you take such an offer, if you knew you could succeed? How would your decision, be it yay or nay, affect you and those around you? Is revenge worth it in the long run?
There’s no word on if Hardy is expected to play Graves or a stranger given the chance at vengeance by Graves. I would assume the latter, since nothing has been discussed about it being the first in a series of films. While Hardy isn’t averse to franchises, given his roles in the likes of Star Trek: Nemesis and the aforementioned Mad Max: Fury Road (as well as its pending sequels), it seems likelier that this will be a one-off for him.
Hardy is, of course, no stranger to comic book adaptations, having already antagonized Batman as world-class mercenary Bane in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. Warner Bros. recently tried to coax the actor into returning to the DC fold in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad and had even cast Hardy as team leader Rick Flag. The actor ultimately had to drop out of the role due to scheduling conflicts resulting from production on Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s The Revenant being behind schedule.
No production timeline is in place at the moment, but the project already has a completed script, courtesy of Chris Borrelli. Dean Baker will co-produce, with Geoff Johns, Adam Schlagman, Richard Brener, Walter Hamada, and Dave Neustadter overseeing for WB, DC, and New Line.