Valiant Entertainment’s Shadowman is moving one step closer to the big screen with the hiring of Reginald Hudlin as director.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the filmmaker will be joined by Adam Simon (Salem), who will work with him to re-write the screenplay by J. Michael Straczynski.
Introduced in 1992, Shadowman delves into the supernatural corners of Valiant’s comic book universe. The original character was Jack Boniface, a New Orleans jazz musician who’s imbued with magical powers to protect the city against the necromancer Master Darque and his sinister forces. The current Shadowman is Josiah Boniface, the father of the original character, who sacrificed his life to stop Darque.
The director of such films as House Party, Boomerang and The Great White Hype, Hudlin later served as BET’s president of entertainment, and wrote an acclaimed run of Marvel Comics’ Black Panther. A producer of Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, Hudlin has directed episodes of numerous television series, and recently returned to film with the Thurgood Marshall biographical thriller Marshall.
In addition to Shadowman, Valiant has a five-picture deal with Sony Pictures that includes planned adaptations of Harbinger and Bloodshot, as well as Archer & Armstrong, which has tapped Ruben Fletcher (Zombieland) to direct. Quantum & Woody is also being developed for television, with Joe and Anthony Russo producing.