In 2015, Sony signed a 5-picture deal with Neil Moritz’s Original Film studio to bring the Valiant Comics universe to the big screen. The Dave Wilson-helmed Vin Diesel vehicle, Bloodshot, will be the first film to hit theaters on February 21, 2020 and now the studio has put the gears in motion on the second film in the series, Harbinger, by hiring director Justin Tipping to helm the project.
Tipping, like Wilson, has yet to helm a major studio motion picture, having only directed some short films and television series. The script, which has been touched up by Tipping and Joshus Beirne-Golden, will focus on teenager Pete Stancheck, aka Sting, a young man born with amazing paranormal abilities as he joins forces with others who have similar powers to foil a masterminds set on weaponizing their powers.
Harbinger, which was created by Jim Shooter and David Lapham, debuted in 1992 and ran for 41 issues over 12 years. In 2014 the series was nominated for three Harvey Awards. The film will feature Pete along with his friend Joe Irons, Kris Hathaway, Faith Hebert, aka Zephyr, and Charlene Dupre, aka Flamingo as the rebel against Toyo Harada and his plans to conquer the planet. Harbinger is expected to establish the characters in a shared universe with Diesel’s Bloodshot ahead of a third film, tentatively called Harbinger Wars, that will bring all the characters together.