Valiant Entertainment has found a director for its big screen supernatural superhero project Shadowman, with THR reporting that Reginald Hudlin (Marshall) has signed on to helm the adaptation, while Adam Simon (showrunner on WGN America’s Salem) is set to rewrite the original script by J. Michael Straczynski.
Launching in 1992, Shadowman revolves around Jack Boniface, an African-American musician in New Orleans who gains supernatural abilities – or ‘Darque’ power – after being infected by a spirit. Taking on the mantle of Shadowman, he becomes a mystical defender of Earth against demonic invasion from the netherworld known as Deadside.
Shadowman is being produced by The Sean Daniel Company’s Sean Daniel and Jason Brown and Valiant Entertainment’s Dinesh Shamdasani and is being developed in-house before being shopped to potential studios.
Valiant is making a big push to bring its various comic book characters to the big and small screen. The webseries Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe is set to premiere this year, while it also has a five-film deal with Sony to develop movies based around Bloodshot and Harbinger. An Archer & Armstrong film is also in the works under director Ruben Fleischer, along with a TV adaptation of Quantum & Woody produced by Joe and Anthony Russo.