Valiant Entertainment and Sony Pictures announced an ongoing partnership in bringing the Valiant Universe characters to the silver screen. Starting with a 5 film deal, Bloodshot and Harbinger will each be getting made into movies, with each then having a sequel, before culminating in the joint crossover confrontation : Harbinger Wars.
Bloodshot which was previously announced to be released as a movie in 2017, with a script from Jeff Wadlow (Kick Ass 2) and Eric Heisserer (Story of Your Life)and directed by David Leitch & Chad Stahelski (John Wick). With Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe fromOriginal Film (The Fast and the Furious franchise) andValiant’s very own Dinesh Shamdasani producing this quintent of cinematic excellence. Directors for the Harbinger and Harbinger War movies have yet to be announced.
Sony Entertainment Motion Picture Group President Doug Belgrad had this to say about the two companies bold steps into a cinematic universe, where Marvel and DC characters hold sway:
“The long-term plan that begins with BLOODSHOT will be a considerable priority for Sony in the months and years to come.Valiant is one of the most successful publishers in the history of comics, and Neal is one of the best action producers in the business today. This is a formidable partnership that will bring two incredibly commercial franchises with global appeal together on the big screen,”
With Valiant CEO and Chief Creative Officer following up with:
“Sony Pictures and Neal Moritz are the ideal partners to bring the world of Bloodshot and Harbinger to life,” said Dinesh Shamdasani. “They understand exactly what makes these characters tick and the exciting potential that they hold. These films are just the first step in partnership with Sony to bring Valiant’s biggest heroes to new audiences worldwide.”
The Big 2 better watch out!
With both titles being unique, with well thought out concepts and characters:
Bloodshot is a nanite infused super assassin brought back from the dead, implanted with multiple false memories and possessing super-strength and speed, a healing factor and a computerized nervous system he is an unstoppable killing machine. But when his handlers at Project Rising Spirit lose control of his programming, Bloodshot goes in search of his true identity, leaving a path of death and destruction in his wake.
Harbinger is the code word for psiots, people born with latent physical and mental superpowers. The Harbinger Foundation has been recruiting and activating psiots under the world conquering plan of the seeming philanthropic CEO. An extremely powerful psiot himself, he sees his plans begin to crumble when a troubled teen is activated and the boy’s powers rival his own.
For more indepth reviews of Bloodshot, Harbinger and Harbinger Wars check out the following links:
Since the Movies seem to be following the comics ( 2 Bloodshot arcs, 2 Harbinger arcs, 1 Harbinger Wars arc ) check out the following trades:
Now let the casting arguments (ahem discussions) begin!!!!