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Valiant Comics Cinematic Universe

Postby TheButcher on Sun Apr 16, 2017 8:05 am

THR MARCH 08, 2015:
Valiant Entertainment Announces Nine-Figure Funding for Movie Division
Graeme McMillan wrote:Comic book heroes Archer and Armstrong, Bloodshot and X-O Manowar might not be household names, but that might be about to change soon, with New York-based independent publisher Valiant Entertainment announcing a new round of financing that makes a significant investment in future movie projects.

A report in The New York Times on Sunday night revealed that Beijing-based DMG Entertainment has made what's described as "a nine-figure investment" in Valiant for feature and television financing. DMG CEO Dan Mintz said that "taking a stake in the last independent massive comic universe is a strategic investment for DMG that will produce movies and TV that are both appealing and relevant to a global audience."

As a result of that investment, Valiant and DMG will develop both movies for release in the U.S. and China as well as new projects specifically for the Asian market, including "Chinese-language publishing, animation and theme parks as well as toys and apparel."

Valiant originally launched in 1989, the brainchild of former Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Jim Shooter and creator Bob Layton. Following initial success with series such as Harbinger, Rai and Shadowman, the company was sold in 1994 to videogame developer Acclaim Entertainment, which went bankrupt in 2004. Three years later, Valiant was relaunched as Valiant Entertainment following its purchase by Dinesh Shamdasani and Jason Kothari and resumed publication of its comic line in 2012.

Movies based on the Valiant properties have been in development for some time, with supernatural thriller Shadowman and buddy comedy Archer & Armstrong currently being developed by Valiant's movie arm. Additionally, Bloodshot was optioned in 2012 by Fast and Furious producer Neal H. Moritz for Columbia Pictures. A movie version of teen superhero team Harbinger has previously been in the works at Paramount with Brett Ratner at the helm, but rights reverted to Valiant in 2013.

If Valiant's business model of tightly controlling the comic books and movie versions of its characters seems to borrow from Marvel's way of doing things, that's no accident. Former Marvel chief executive Peter Cuneo is the current chairman of the company and has gone on the record with his intent to transform the publisher into "Marvel 2.0." Marvel's current movie success, it might be worth mentioning, started with its own nine-figure funding in 2005.

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THR APRIL 21, 2015:
'Bloodshot,' 'Harbinger' Comics to Get Film Treatment From Sony, Valiant Entertainment (Exclusive)
Graeme McMillan wrote:A month after comic book publisher Valiant Entertainment revealed it had received a nine-figure investment in its movie and television development arm, the independent publisher is announcing a five-picture deal with Sony Pictures to bring two of its series, Bloodshot and Harbinger, to the big screen starting in 2017.

Both Bloodshot and Harbinger will receive two features each before a fifth movie, Harbinger Wars, will bring both properties together, inspired by the Valiant comic book series crossover from 2013.

Bloodshot, targeted for a 2017 release, 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, the upcoming Story of Your Life). Matthew Vaughn and Jason Kothari will act as executive producers.

For Harbinger, Heisserer will provide the script solo, while potential directors are being kept under wraps for now. All five movies will be produced by Valiant's Dinesh Shamdasani, along with Original Film's Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe (The Fast and Furious franchise, 21 Jump Street). Andrea Giannetti will oversee for Sony.

Harbinger, created by former Marvel editor-in-chief Jim Shooter and David Lapham, is a next-generation X-Men-esque storyline about a group of superpowered beings on the run from the Harbinger Foundation, an organization run by mysterious philanthropist Toyo Harada. Bloodshot, created by Kevin VanHook, Don Perlin and Bob Layton, is a soldier brought back from the dead by a secret government agency and turned into an unstoppable killing machine with no memory.

Both properties were among the first revived by Valiant Entertainment during the company's relaunch in 2012, leading to 2013's Harbinger Wars series by Joshua Dysart, Duane Swierczynski, Clayton Henry, Pere Perez and Clayton Crain.

In addition to Bloodshot and Harbinger, a number of other Valiant properties are in development, including odd-couple action comedy Archer & Armstrong and supernatural thriller Shadowman. The company received funding from DMG Entertainment in March for feature and television development, which teased development of properties for both the U.S. and China markets, including Chinese-language publishing and animation as well as movies.
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Postby TheButcher on Sun Apr 16, 2017 8:08 am

TheWrap September 26, 2016:
Sony Moves Up Plans for ‘Harbinger’ as 1st Movie in Valiant Comics Cinematic Universe (Exclusive)
Umberto Gonzalez wrote:Sony is moving forward on its five-film plan for joint film franchises based on the Valiant comic books “Harbinger” and “Bloodshot,” which are then set to culminate in a “Harbinger Wars” crossover event film, TheWrap has learned.

Within the last month, Sony has preemptively renewed its option on “Harbinger” — a comic following a teenage runaway Peter Stanchek with massive telekinetic powers — for a sum in the high six figures and is moving to package the pictures quickly.

The previously announced “Bloodshot” — about a mortally wounded soldier resurrected with cutting-edge nanotechnology and charged with rounding up “harbingers” like Stanchek — is now seen as the second film in the series.

The character would be introduced as the villain in franchise kickoff “Harbinger,” an individual with knowledge of the project said, with “Bloodshot” following a year later.

Sony has not responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.

The plot for the “Harbinger” screenplay by writer Eric Heisserer (“Arrival, “Lights Out”) is being kept under wraps but it’s believed to follow Valiant’s 2012 volume of the “Bloodshot” series.

Additionally, the move to bump “Harbinger” up in the release order is giving Sony ample opportunity to develop and position additional spin-offs from the “Harbinger” and “Bloodshot” universes.

Attention is now being given to multiple characters from the comics, including the HARD Corps, Livewire, Generation Zero, and, most notably, Faith, who generated a ton of worldwide media attention in the comics space this year and features prominently in the Harbinger script.

Neal Moritz will produce through his Original Film banner with Dinesh Shamdasani on behalf of Valiant Entertainment.

Valiant’s library is truly one of the great and as-yet untapped wells of intellectual property anywhere in Hollywood. The publisher’s bench of more than 2,000 superhero characters (with lifetime sales of more than 80 million copies) makes it the third largest library of superheroes behind Marvel and DC — and the only one not currently owned by major conglomerate.

And unlike its rivals, Valiant has fostered a long and well-earned reputation in the comics world for producing quality storytelling that transcends the norms of the superhero genre. Case in point: This summer, Valiant earned an unprecedented 50 nominations at the Harvey Awards, one of the industry’s highest honors.

“Harbinger,” in particular, is rife with potential for a more grounded and modern take on the genre. In the comic, created by former Marvel Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter and legendary comics artist David Lapham, Stanchek is recruited by fellow psychic Toyo Harada — a philanthropic billionaire who using his wealth to secretly finance an underground organization called the Harbinger Foundation to manipulate world affairs.
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Postby TheButcher on Sun Apr 16, 2017 8:12 am

ComicBook 10/01/2016:
Valiant Comics CEO Hints At X-O Manowar Movie Directors
Matthew Mueller wrote:The future is looking quite bright for the Valiant Universe, and the company hopes to keep the momentum going with an expansion into other digital mediums. That includes the much talked about X-O Manowar feature that is in active development, and while there are no official announcements regarding the project, we might have a better idea now as to who will be sitting in the director's chairs.

CEO and chief creative officer at Valiant Entertainment Dinesh Shamdasani recently spoke to Variant Comics about where Valiant, and specifically X-O Manowar, is looking to expand from here. He detailed the future of X-O's book first.

"X-O's got a very very bright future. Not only are we hitting X-O Manowar #50, which is this massive run not just for X-O Manowar but for anybody today in modern comics. There's only a few characters, Batman is one of the only other characters that I can think of that's had or even approaching a run like this in the modern era."

Their foothold will remain in the comics where their success began, but they are looking to take advantage of their iconic characters, and fans will see X-O Manowar

"We always will be a comic book publisher, that's where our core is, but the nature of the beast now is these other avenues are there and it's a way for us to touch more people and bring them into comics and so we have a bunch of big video game news coming that I can't tell you about. We've got some live-action content that I can't tell you about, and we've got movies that I can't tell you about, but I can say that I wish that the directors on X-O Manowar would leak so that I could talk about them, because not only are they mind-blowingly awesome, the things they're doing with X-O Manowar will make fanboy heads explode. It's some really cool stuff, but I can't say any more than that.

Notice he said "directors" and then reiterated the point when he said "them". That automatically brings up names like the Wachowski's (Sense8), the Russo brothers (Avengers: Infinity War), the team of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The LEGO Movie), and even the slight possibility of someone like the Coen's (Fargo). If the field has to be narrowed down, the Wachowski's and the Russo's seem like the best fits for the character and the universe as a whole, and both would certainly bring a unique flavor to Valiant's flagship character.

If the field has to be narrowed down, the Wachowski's and the Russo's seem like the best fit for the character and the universe as a whole, and both would certainly bring a unique flavor to Valiant's flagship character.
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Re: Valiant Comics Cinematic Universe

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C2E2 2017: VALIANT's 25 Years of X-O MANOWAR

History Of X-O Manowar!


First Look: Valiant's X-O MANOWAR #2, Plus ROCAFORT Character Designs
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