A "Harbinger" of What's To Come

According to the trade publication Variety, Paramount Pictures has acquired rights to turn the Valiant Comics series "Harbinger" into a live-action feature that will be developed as a potential directing vehicle for Brett Ratner.

Alexandra Milchan will produce with Ratner and Jay Stern. The project may be branded under the MTV Films banner.

Created by Jim Shooter, the "Harbinger" comic book series became a hit when published in the 1990s. Harbingers are humans with powers that can be unlocked by "omega" harbingers. Teenager Pete Stanchek finds himself on a collision course with an older "omega" who used his gifts to become an evil industrialist.

"The movie is in the vein of a young 'Blade Runner,' as this 17-year- old gifted kid helps other kids tap into these parts of their brains," Milchan said.

The entire Valiant library was purchased last year by a group headed by mogul Jason Kothari, which plans to republish its best titles and begin generating new issues by year's end. Valiant signed with WMA to make movie deals for the franchises. Valiant Comics is being relaunched by Valiant Entertainment Group, a privately financed company headed by CEO Kothari and chief creative officer Dinesh Shamdasani, both of whom will be co-producers on the film.

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