Back in the 1990s, the comic book industry was being decimated by a lack of story and an overbearing amount of “special editions” rocking obscene $3.75 price tags. While Marvel and DC continued to fuck around, there were independent companies doing excellent work, such as Valiant Entertainment, who has a treasure trove of properties deserving of film or television adaptations. One such title is the awesome Shadowman, which they’ve been fighting to get to the big screen for years.
Heat Vision is reporting that Valiant has now brought on fresh creative team to re-develop the property. Adam Simon, showrunner for WGN America’s “Salem”, will rewrite a screenplay by J. Michael Straczynski based on the supernatural comic book property. Reginald Hudlin, fresh off his directorial return with this October’s Thurgood Marshall thriller Marshall, is attached to direct.
Shadowman is a supernatural concept based around an African-American musician in New Orleans who becomes infected by a spirit that allows him otherworldly abilities. As the latest incarnation of the titular Shadowman, a mystical defender of Earth against demonic invasion, he has to protect against threats from Master Darque and other denizens of the netherworld known as the Deadside.
The character debuted in 1992’s “Shadowman” No. 1 (pictured below), and currently appears in the company’s current Rapture comic book series, which launched last month.
For the film, Hudlin and Simon will work together on the revised story for the project, while Straczynski remains on board as executive producer. The Sean Daniel Company’s Sean Daniel and Jason Brown will produce with Valiant Entertainment’s Dinesh Shamdasani. As with Valiant’s Archer & Armstrong, the project will be developed in-house before being shopped to studios.
Sony has a five-picture deal with the company for its “Harbinger” and “Bloodshot” characters, with “Archer & Armstrong” being developed by Terry Rossio and Zombieland‘s Ruben Fletcher. Quantum & Woody is also under development for television, with Joe and Anthony Russo as executive producers.