Valiant Entertainment revealed it had received a nine-figure investment in its movie and television development arm last month. Now they have announced a five-picture deal with Sony Pictures.
Both Bloodshot and Harbinger are set to hit the big screen beginning in 2017 according to THR.
Both titles will get two movies each and will lead in to Harbinger Wars.
Bloodshot will be directed by the John Wick team of David Leitch and Chad Stahelski, working from a screenplay by Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) and Eric Heisserer (The Thing remake, Story of Your Life). Matthew Vaughn and Jason Kothari will act as executive producers. There is no word yet on who will be directing Harbinger.
Bloodshot is a former soldier with powers of regeneration and meta-morphing made possible through nanites injected into his blood. After having his memory wiped numerous times, Bloodshot is out to discover who he really is and get vengeance on those who did this to him. Bloodshot?s bloodstream contains a billion nanocomputers, enabling him to heal from injuries quickly, interface with technology, and shape shift his mass. However, his oxygen-starved brain has lost its memories.
Your name is Angelo Mortalli. Your brother is trapped behind enemy lines and on the verge of ? no. That?s not right. Your name is Raymond Garrison. You?ve retired from the dangers of the field, but a desperate plea from your oldest friend plunges you into a vicious firefight that ? no. That?s not right, either. You are Bloodshot. You are the shade of gray that freedom requires. The perfect confluence of military necessity and cutting-edge technology. A walking WikiLeaks. A reservoir of dirty secrets that could set the world on fire. And you?ve just been captured.
Harbinger is about a group of teenage super-powered people on the run from the Harbinger Foundation, an organization run by a mysterious philanthropist Toyo Harada.
Super-powered teenager Peter Stanchek is on a dangerous path. Skipping across the country in a desperate attempt to stay one step ahead of the authorities, Peter is quickly realizing that he?s a psionically-charged ?harbinger? with the potential to reshape the course of human history. But Peter?s plight has not gone unnoticed. Respected philanthropist and fellow harbinger Toyo Harada is about to offer Peter the chance at the things for which the boy has always longed ? family, inner peace, self-control ? and induct him into the sprawling, secret network of conspiracy and subversion known as the Harbinger Foundation. Now Peter begins his long road towards a destiny that will shake the very foundations of the Valiant Universe. His first lesson? All power comes with a price.
Both titles should make for interesting films and it will be good to see more superhero movies that are not based on Marvel or DC characters.
A number of other Valiant properties are in development, including odd-couple action comedy Archer & Armstrong and supernatural thriller Shadowman.
I read the original series back in the 90s, but have yet to try the new comics. I will have to remedy that as soon as possible.
What do you want to see in the Valiant films?
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