Sony and Valiant Entertainment Agree on 5 Picture Deal

Posted in The Screening Room by - April 22, 2015

The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Valiant Entertainment has reached agreement with Sony on a five picture deal for several of their properties, with the directors of John Wick directing the Bloodshot adaptation.

They are doing the full connected universe thing that’s all the rage, and I have to say that I’m intrigued to see how this ends up. The details are reported below, from Comic Vine:

BLOODSHOT, arriving in theaters in 2017, will kick off the five-picture plan leading to HARBINGER WARS and will be directed by David Leitch & Chad Stahelski (John Wick) from a script by Jeff Wadlow (Kick Ass 2) and Eric Heisserer (Story of Your Life). Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe from Original Film (The Fast and the Furious franchise) and Dinesh Shamdasani from Valiant Entertainment will produce the film. Matthew Vaughn and Jason Kothari will serve as executive producers.

HARBINGER will follow shortly thereafter from a script by Eric Heisserer (Story of Your Life). Sony and Valiant remain tight-lipped about potential directors. Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe from Original Film (The Fast and the Furious franchise) and Dinesh Shamdasani from Valiant Entertainment will produce.

Both BLOODSHOT and HARBINGER will be followed by sequels before the title characters confront each other head on in HARBINGER WARS—a motion picture directly inspired by Valiant’s critically acclaimed 2013 comic book crossover of the same name. Andrea Giannetti will oversee the five-picture HARBINGER WARS initiative for Sony Pictures.

Given that people who have worked on massive franchises like the Fast and Furious are working on these films, I’d like to think this gives a boost to the credibility of taking these relatively unknown properties and adapting them for the masses. While five pictures is hardly a life changing commitment, it shows some gall on Sony’s part in that they’re pretty confident in what they’re doing. Let’s hope this goes better than their Spider-Man plans. 

While comics have been adapted from non Marvel and DC publishers to film in the past, this is the biggest uniform movement by an independent publisher I can recall. I haven’t read any of Valiant’s books since their recent relaunch, but most of the buzz on them has been good. Hopefully, these films do well, so we can see more independent properties adapted onto the big screen. The talent they’ve managed to acquire behind the scenes appears impressive.

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