Valiant's Shadowman Movie Adaptation Announces Director

Valiant Entertainment is continuing their growth into the film industry with an on-screen adaptation of their Shadowman series. For the film, Valiant has announced a new creative team to redevelop the property. Adam Simon (Salem) will rewrite the screenplay by J. Michael Straczynski; and Reginald Hudlin (Marshall) has been brought on to direct. The Sean Daniel Company's Sean Daniel and Jason Brown will produce with Valiant Entertainment's Dinesh Shamdasani. The project will be developed in-house before being shopped to studios. Working together, Hudlin and Simon have reworked the story for the relaunch of the project with Straczynski reamining on board as executive producer. 

While this will be the first superhero film property Hudlin will work on, he has a significant background in superhero comics including a four-year run on Marvel Black Panther, and his current influence in reviving the Milestone franchise for DC Entertainment. Hudlin also wrote the comic book adaptation of Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained

Making his first appearance in 1992, Shadowman follows the tale of Jack Boniface, an African American musician based in New Orleans, as he becomes infected by a spirit that allows him supernatural abilities. In the latest incarnation of the character, Jack is a mystical defender of Earth against demonic invasion, protecting the world against threats from Mast Darque and other dark entities of the netherworld.

Shadowman is one of several adaptations in the works for Valiant. Sony has a five-picture deal with the company for Harbinger and Bloodshot characters along with Archer & Armstrong being developed by Terry Rossio and Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland). 

For a list of Shadowman tie ins, see our list below:

Shadowman Deluxe Book 1
Shadowman Deluxe Book 2
Shadowman by Garth Ennis & Ashley Wood
Shadowman Vol 1: Birth Rites
Shadowman Vol 2: Darque Reckoning
Shadowman Vol 3: Deadside Blues
Shadowman Vol 4: Fear, Blood, and Shadows
Shadowman: End Times
Valiant Masters: Shadowman Vol 1 Spirits Within

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