Here’s some bleak news for anyone that was excited about the Valiant Comics Cinematic Universe that Sony was planning. Word has it from The Hollywood Reporter that Paramount has struck a deal to pull Harbinger away from Sony thus putting a serious roadblock in Sony’s plans to start a new shared universe that was supposed to start with Vin Diesel’s Bloodshot.
For all of you that don’t know about the Harbinger comic, it “ tells the story of a group of superpowered teens who rebel against the corporation that tried to harness their abilities for its own ends.”
Per THR: “Making the crosstown segue are also filmmaker Justin Tipping and the script by Tipping and Joshua Beirne-Golden working off an original draft by Eric Heisserer (Arrival). Also remaining involved is producer Neal Moritz, who was key in the transfer and who moved his first-look deal from Sony to Paramount in 2018. Moritz will produce with Toby Jaffe and Valiant Comics’ Dan Mintz.”
Another blow is that the film was on the fast track at Sony and was supposed to be the second film to be released after Bloodshot with Dylan O’Neal and Noah Centinio in talks for the project but now a Paramount is going to pump the brakes on the movie and go through a developing process for it.
Sony was looking to start a franchise with Diesel’s film when it hits theaters on February 21st of next year and it was all going to lead up to the huge crossover event titled Harbinger Wars which is the same name of the comic book event that took place in 2013 and would have combined all the Valiant film projects just like the MCU which includes X-O Manowar, Eternal Warrior and Archer & Armstrong.
That crossover is highly unlikely now and it’s said that Sony is prepping its Spider-Man films now which is a top priority.
I’m a little bummed as I was excited for Bloodshot and what Sony was planning but now it’s all in disarray. Diesel’s movie will still get released but will probably fall by the wayside like his other films that don’t have Fast And Furious or xXx in its title. Maybe things will still workout in terms of Sony doing this but I’m not holding my breath.
Stay tuned for more to come.