NYCC News: Valiant Entertainment is teaming with Mummy producer Sean Daniel to bring the Valiant comic book Shadowman to the big screen with a script by Joseph Michael Straczynski. The Shadowman character was created by Jim Shooter, Steve Engelhart, David Lapham, and Bob Layton back in 1992. The revived Valiant Entertainment is launching a new Shadowman series on November 7th (see "Valiant Announces 'Shadowman'").
According to Deadline, it will be New Orleans jazz musician Jack Boniface as Shadowman in the movie. Deadline quotes JMS on the appeal of the Shadowman character: "Shadowman is a character who lives in a unique world that mixes the modern world with that which is most ancient within us. The New Orleans vibe and history, and the struggle to find a balance with the personality within him, makes this a perfect dramatic vehicle."
Deadline also includes a very interesting quote from Valiant Entertainment CEO Jason Kothan, who makes no bones about the fact that the company is determine to establish a franchise: "Shadowman is the first in a large slate of film projects that we are developing and funding internally at Valiant. Between Sean’s evidenced track record and Joe’s creative genius, we are very enthused about building a potential franchise here."
Valiant also has a Bloodshot movie set up out of house at Sony with Matthew Vaughn producing (see "Here Comes The 'Bloodshot' Movie").