Huge news today as Valiant Entertainment announced a five-picture deal with Sony Pictures to bring two of its series, Bloodshot and Harbinger, to the big screen starting in 2017, says Heat Vision.
The bigger news is that Bloodshot, targeted for a 2017 release, will be directed by the John Wick (one of the best movies of 2014) team of David Leitch and Chad Stahelski, working from a screenplay by Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) and Eric Heisserer (The Thing, A Nightmare On Elm Street).
For Harbinger, Heisserer will provide the script solo, while potential directors are being kept under wraps for now.
It gets even more crazy as the plan is to create an Avengers-styled universe. Both Bloodshot and Harbinger will receive two features each before a fifth movie, Harbinger Wars, will bring both properties together, inspired by the Valiant comic book series crossover from 2013.
“Harbinger”, created by former Marvel editor-in-chief Jim Shooter and David Lapham, is a next-generation “X-Men”-esque storyline about a group of superpowered beings on the run from the Harbinger Foundation, an organization run by mysterious philanthropist Toyo Harada. “Bloodshot”, created by Kevin VanHook, Don Perlin and Bob Layton, is a soldier brought back from the dead by a secret government agency and turned into an unstoppable killing machine with no memory.
Both properties were among the first revived by Valiant Entertainment during the company’s relaunch in 2012, leading to 2013’s Harbinger Wars series by Joshua Dysart, Duane Swierczynski, Clayton Henry, Pere Perez and Clayton Crain.
In addition to Bloodshot and Harbinger, a number of other Valiant properties are in development, including odd-couple action comedy Archer & Armstrong and the badass supernatural thriller Shadowman!!