Back when it debuted in 1992, Shadowman helped keep the doors open at Valiant Comics (until they closed). Now they're hoping the supernatural superhero will help open the floodgates at Valiant Entertainment.
Valiant is stepping up in the film business big-time at the moment, with a five-film deal in the works with Sony for the company's Harbinger and Bloodshot characters, along with Archer & Armstrong being developed by Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean) and Ruben Fleisher (Zombieland). Now we're finally getting forward momentum on a Shadowman film, as they've hired veteran director and comic writer Reginald Hudlin to direct and co-write. Along with Salem showrunner Adam Simon, he'll rewrite a script written by J. Michael Stracynski, which will be produced in-house.
Back in 2013, we were excited to report about Stracynski's take on the upcoming film, which we thought we'd see at the beginning of 2014. Well, that didn't happen, but reportedly the project is moving forward again, with Stracynski staying on as an exec producer.
According to THR:
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.
So yeah, you can see why we were excited, and are yet again. But while you might not immediately think of such supernatural fare when you think of Hudlin, the man who made his name directing '90s comedies (House Party, Boomerang, The Great White Hype), he's had a nice long career creating some excellent television and comics, including a four-year run on Black Panther and his current gig with DC developing the Milestone Universe.
Are you excited about Shadowman's big-screen debut, and do you think they've found the right man to see it through?