With DC and Marvel’s wares already locked up tight, studios are looking outside the Big Two for film properties. Luckily, there are still a lot of great comics out there.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Valiant Entertainment and Sony have cut a deal to bring two of Valiant’s most popular comics to the big screen. The deal includes the series Bloodshot and Harbinger, with Bloodshot already penciled in to open in 2017. The studio is aiming to develop five films across the two properties, including a crossover project.
Bloodshot, which follows the nano-tech powered killing machine of the same name, seems to be a bit further along in the process. John Wick directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski are locked in to helm that adaptation. Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) and Eric Heisserer (The Thing remake) are penning the screenplay. Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class) and Jason Kothari will executive-produce. Not a bad creative team, and we’re psyched to see what the John Wick gurus can do with the series.
Things don’t seem to be quite as far along for Harbinger, though Heisserer is sticking around to put the script together. That story is basically an X-Men-esque tale about superpowered folks on the run. The studio is apparently shopping around for directors right now. Assuming things go as planned, the studio is planning to make two films from each separate series, then tie them together with a fifth film crossover dubbed Harbinger Wars.
Ambitions plans, to say the least. But hey, it’s awesome to finally see some comics outside the major franchises get a large-scale development deal akin to what DC and Marvel are doing. These series are both relatively niche, in mainstream terms, but they’re both successful within the comic realm and represent some rich territory to mine creatively.
Do you think Sony and Valiant can actually pull this off? What other independent comics would you like to see on the big screen?
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)