Valiant Entertainment hires Reginald Hudlin to co-write & direct Shadowman


When it comes to comic book related films on the big screen, most people’s minds will immediately go to Marvel or DC related offerings. Very soon that could be changing.

Valiant Entertainment has continued it’s move to bring it’s comic book characters to the big screen by bringing on a new creative team for their Shadowman adaptation, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Comic book writer and director Reginald Hudlin has been brought on board to direct the film featuring Valiant’s supernatural character and will co-write the script with Salem showrunner Adam Simon. They will be rewriting a screenplay by J. Michael Straczynski, who will be staying on board the film as an executive producer.

Hudlin & Straczynski both have experience in the comic book world with runs on titles including The Amazing Spider-ManBlack PantherSuperman: Earth One and many others series. After directing a few films in the 90s and early 2000s, Hudlin took quite a few years off before making his directorial return this year with October’s Thurgood Marshall film Marshall.


Jack Boniface, an African-American musician in New Orleans, becomes merged with a shadow entity that changes him into the Shadowman, a mystical defender of Earth who must protect the world from Master Darque and other threats that emerge from the netherworld called the Deadside.

Just like the in the works Archer & Armstrong, with Terry Rossio and Zombieland‘s Ruben Fleischer working on that property, Valiant will be developing Shadowman in-house before shopping it around to studios.

Valiant has already made other moves to bring their characters to the big-screen. They have a five-picture deal with Sony for their Harbinger and Bloodshot characters which is currently planned to bring a film out by fall of 2018 at the earliest.

Also the company currently has a Quantum and Woody TV series from Joe and Anthony Russo (Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War) in development as well.



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