In a move that seems like an action fan’s wet dream, Valiant Entertainment will be teaming up with the John Wick team and The Fast and the Furious producers to create a movieverse sure to kick ass and take names.
The indie publisher has just announced a five-picture deal with Sony Pictures to bring two of its series, Bloodshot and Harbinger to cinemas starting in 2017. Each series will receive two features each before the fifth movie, Harbinger Wars, ties them together.
Bloodshot, targeted for release in 2017, will be directed by John Wick duo David Leitch and Chad Stahelski. The screenplay will be written by Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) and Eric Heisserer (The Thing remake). The source comic is about a soldier brought back from the dead by a mysterious government agency and turned into an unstoppable murder machine with no memory to hinder him.
Harbinger will be written by Heisserer alone, and potential directors are currently a mystery. All five movies will be produced by Valiant’s CEO and Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani, along with Original Film’s Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe (The Fast and the Furious franchise, 21 Jump Street). Created by former Marvel editor-in-chief Jim Shooter and Stray Bullets scribe David Lapham, Harbinger is a about a group of superpowered beings on the run from the Harbinger Foundation, run by a mysterious philanthropist with powers of his own.
“Bloodshot and Harbinger are two of the great untapped franchises anywhere in comics,” said Moritz. “In partnership with Sony and Valiant, we look forward to building the next great generation of superhero films.”
In addition to Bloodshot and Harbinger, several other Valiant properties are in development, including Archer & Armstrong and Shadowman. The company received nine-figure funding from DMG Entertainment in March for feature and television development.
“Sony Pictures and Neal Moritz are the ideal partners to bring the world of Bloodshot and Harbinger to life,” said Valiant’s Dinesh Shamdasani. “They understand exactly what makes these characters tick and the exciting potential that they hold. These films are just the first step in partnership with Sony to bring Valiant’s biggest heroes to new audiences worldwide.”