Nearly 30 years after its launch, a debut film for Harbinger is finally in the works for release sometime in 2021. Here’s what we know:
Harbinger Comic Book Movie
Harbinger, originally launched in 1992, is the story of a group of super-powered teenage outcasts known as ‘Harbingers’ who use their abilities to crusade against various causes. Valiant Entertainment, creators of the Harbinger franchise, made their debut onto the big screen with 2020’s Bloodshot, starring Vin Diesel, whose character has a connection to the “Harbinger Foundation”, featured in the Harbinger comics.
In late 2019, the rights for Valiant Entertainment’s Harbinger franchise was acquired by Paramount from Sony, and development began shortly afterward. Originally, the Harbinger movie was to be shot in the summer of 2019 and was intended as a crossover with the same universe as the “Bloodshot”. Now, however, Harbinger will likely stand alone in a separate universe under the Valiant/Paramount umbrella. Development for Harbinger restarted in 2020 during the release of “Bloodshot.”
Filmmaker Justin Tipping is involved in the making of the Harbinger movie, and he has previously worked on films such as Kicks (2016), and Nani (2012). Tipping will be collaborating with producer Neal Moritz to write the script. In turn, Moritz will collaborate with Toby Jaffe and DMG Entertainment’s Dan Mintz on the film’s production, adding to a wide portfolio of media interests under the DMG banner.
After all the delays caused by the COVID pandemic in 2020, 2021 is likely to be a jam-packed year to make up for all of the postponed films. Alongside Harbinger, Paramount will also be working on Top Gun: Maverick, Mission: Impossible 7, A Quiet Place Part II, Chris Pratt’s The Tomorrow War, and potentially Snake Eyes: G.I Joe Origins.
With the lack of updates on Harbinger, including the absence of any casting news, releasing Harbinger might seem ambitious. But Dan Mintz, who runs Valiant and its parent company DMG Entertainment, has been adamant from the get-go on expanding Valiant’s franchises and their comic book universe – ultimately planning to use Bloodshot and Harbinger as the launchpad for the rest of the Valiant universe.
In a press release, Mintz said he plans to build upon Valiant’s huge repertoire of characters from a filmmaker’s perspective.
“Our priority is to develop on the huge world of Valiant’s characters from the viewpoint of a filmmaker. I am delighted to immerse the fans of Valiant well beyond the storeys we share cinematically, from publishing to games to theme parks and beyond.”
Just behind DC and Marvel, Valiant has the third-largest library of comic book characters in existence with over 2,000 unique characters. This gives Mintz and Valiant a lot of options as they build the Valiant cinematic universe.
After Bloodshot and Harbinger, other possible future installments for DMG’s Valiant include Shadowman, X-O Manowar, and TV development deals for Quantum and Woody and Dr. Mirage.
Mintz has previously stated that he has no plans to shake up Valiant’s characters, but that audiences can expect stronger storytelling with a defined road to other platforms.
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