The Marvel Cinematic Universe is now entering it’s fourth phase. DC although struggled to get going, seems to have a couple of recent winners in the bag. With that said there is another set of comic book characters that were looking to also get their own cinematic universe going from Valiant Entertainment. This will all begin with the release of Sony’s Bloodshot, starring Vin Diesel in February of 2020. Soon after that, they were supposed to release a Harbinger film, which told the story of a group of super-powered teenagers that rebelled against the corporation that tried to use their abilities for their own benefit. This place was called the Harbinger Foundation, which was lead by the powerful Toyo Harada.
In a perfect world this second project from the pages of Valiant Entertainment was supposed to to shoot sometime this summer or fall and was rumored to have actors Dylan O’Brien and Noah Centineo interested in the the film. But unfortunately those plans have had to hit the brakes as according to The Hollywood Reporter, Harbinger has been moved from Sony to Paramount in a surprising move.
Along with the rights to the film, director Justin Tipping and his script written co-written by Joshua Beirne-Golden, which is based off an original draft by Eric Heisserer. Also staying on the project is producer Neal Moritz, who will produce with Toby Jaffe and Valiant Comics’ Dan Mintz.
This move puts the potential crossover between Bloodshot and Harbinger in serious jeopardy as the two studios are unlikely to work together to make it work. What is interesting is that a project insider says that they do not see Bloodshot as an integral part of the Valiant Cinematic Universe but they kept the rights to the other core characters like X-O Manowar, Eternal Warrior and Archer & Armstrong.
As a fan of Dinesh Shamdasani’s Valiant it’s disappointing to hear yet another set back to a Valiant Cinematic Universe. Ever since DMG took over Valiant, it seems less and less interested in the characters and story lines that made Valiant Comics great. Now with the separation of Bloodshot and Harbinger, it seems like Sony does not understand the importance of keeping them together. Now I wonder what characters are going to Paramount in the deal. Obviously, Toyo Harada and Peter have to go but does that mean that Faith is going over too? What about Livewire and other characters that were prominent in Harbinger.
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Valiant’s first feature film Bloodshot, will be released February 21st, 2020.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter