We recently heard that Valiant Entertainment scored millions to turn Valiant comic book series like Bloodshot, Harbinger and Archer & Armstrong into film franchises. Now Valiant has announced a five-picture deal with Sony Pictures, which will bring two series, Bloodshot and Harbinger, to theaters starting in 2017.
Eric Heisserer (The Thing, Story of Your Life) is working on scripts for both, and the Bloodshot movie director — sorry, directors — will be David Leitch and Chad Stahelski, who made John Wick. Read More »
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Before Marvel Studios was part of Disney, Marvel established a method of developing and packaging its own films in order to retain some control over the characters. Now Valiant Entertainment seems to be trying to do the same thing, by scoring a huge amount of investment capital from DMG Entertainment to develop a Valiant comics movie universe.
DMG has put eight figures worth of funding into Valiant “to further its efforts in international publishing, film, television, licensing and beyond.” But that’s not all. The press release announcing the deal also trumpets an additional nine-figure investment towards development of film and TV projects featuring Valiant characters such as Bloodshot, Shadowman, and Archer & Armstrong. The goal of the partnership between Valiant and DMG is significant, and they’re not hiding it, as the announcement proclaims the creation of the “largest independent superhero universe.”
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Comic book fans of the Nineties surely remember Valiant Comics. At the height of the comic book craze, titles such as Harbinger, X-O Manowar, Solar: Man of the Atom and others were huge sellers and highly collectible. Briefly, anyway. Today you can get those books for a song and a dance. Valiant’s popularity rose and fell before the movie industry was quite aware of what they had on those printed pages.
This May, Valiant is relaunching, and one of their most popular characters, Bloodshot, is getting his own movie. Producer Neal H. Moritz (Fast and the Furious, 21 Jump Street) has agreed with Sony to make a film based on a script by Jeff Wadlow (Cry_Wolf). Read more below. Read More »
UPDATE: This was predictable enough that I could have started a countdown: Mark Millar claims this is not true; he says Vaughn turned down the film months ago. Per the doubts expressed below, here’s hoping that’s the case. Original article follows.
It doesn’t take a big stretch of the imagination to guess that Matthew Vaughn might make another comic book movie after Kick-Ass, and many simply figured that it would be Kick-Ass 2. (Which Vaughn has seemed to downplay in recent weeks as an immediate next project.)
On the other hand, it does take a certain imaginative leap to understand why anyone would make a film based on the Valiant comic series Bloodshot, which despite strong sales is really just a recombination of a bunch of ‘rogue master killer’ comic book character tropes. But Vaughn is reportedly eyeing an adaptation of the series as his next film. Read More »