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Valiant's Cinematic Universe in Jeopardy After Harbinger Changes Studios

Valiant Entertainment's cinematic universe, based off its property of comic book characters, may be in jeopardy. The Harbinger feature film is switching studios, moving from Sony Entertainment to Paramount Pictures.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, joining filmmaker Justin Tipping in the move to Paramount includes producer Neal Moritz, along with the script by Tipping and Joshua Beirne-Golden. Arrival's Eric Heisserer produced the original draft. Paramount will reportedly run Harbinger through a short development process, instead of beginning production this summer and fall.

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The potential complications for a Valiant Cinematic Universe come from Vin Diesel's Bloodshot still remaining at Sony. Bloodshot was going to be the first salvo from the Valiant/Sony venture, followed by Harbinger, with the former slated to open Feb. 21, 2020. Both films would then lead to a Harbinger Wars crossover movie, but this now seems unlikely to happen.

At the time of this writing, it's not clear which studio holds the film rights to Valiant's other heroes such as X-O Manowar, Eternal Warrior and Archer & Armstrong, though project insiders state Bloodshot isn't vital to a Valiant Cinematic Universe.

Created by Jim Shooter and David Lapham, Harbinger stars Peter Stanchek, a psionic teenager that fights the Harbinger Foundation led by Toyo Harada after they orchestrate the murder of his best friend.

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