The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Valiant Entertainment is getting into the movie business with feature film adaptations of “Harbinger” and “Bloodshot.” The announcement comes as part of a five-picture deal with Sony Pictures that will see two films each from the announced franchises before a fifth one — “Harbinger Wars” — pairs them together.
The first “Bloodshot” film will arrive in 2017 and will be directed by “John Wick” directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski. Jeff Wadlow (“Kick-Ass 2”) and Eric Heisserer (“The Thing”) will provide the screenplay; Matthew Vaughn “X-Men: First Class”) and Jason Kothari are attached to “Bloodshot” as executive producers. Heisserer is also expected to pen the screenplay for “Harbinger.”
All five films, including the crossover “Harbinger Wars” film that will be inspired by the 2013 comic book crossover of the same name, will be produced by Valiant’s Dinesh Shamdasani as well as Original Film’s Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe — the team behind the “Fast and Furious” franchise and “21 Jump Street.” Sony’s Andrea Giannetti is said to be overseeing the fledgling cinematic universe.
After runs in the ’90s, both “Harbinger” and “Bloodshot” were revived when Valiant returned in 2012. The former follows a group of superpowered individuals as they evade the mysterious Harbinger Foundation. “Bloodshot” stars a resurrected, amnesiac, nanotech-powered soldier.
Shamdasani recently spoke with CBR TV from WonderCon 2015 about the company’s recent financing boost and film plans. Watch a clip from the interview below:
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