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Valiant is going the way of Marvel Films, developing a big screen version of Harbinger

Published at: Feb. 1, 2013, 1:57 p.m. CST





Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. If the thought of Brett Ratner directing a Valiant comic book adapted by the guy that wrote the US remake of The Grudge makes you foam at the mouth, then you've come to the right place.

This Harbinger comic adaptation has been in the works for a long time and was thought dead in the wake of Watchmen's Fox/WB rights lawsuit, but according to Variety Valiant is forging ahead on the adaptation of one of his biggest titles without the support of the studio system.

Stephen Susco is coming back to write up the project (rewrite?), Ratner's still involved and they're getting their money from private financers.

I was the perfect age for Harbinger when it came out and like a fool I bought all the Valiant #1s thinking they were going to be worth millions! My 11 year old brain was convinced I'd retire on those books. I never really engaged with them on a story level, though. It felt like weaker X-Men to me at the time and I haven't kept up through the different relaunches of the brand.

Maybe more comic book knowledgeable readers will chime in the talkbacks below, but it feels to me like Valiant is expecting a kind of Marvel style success since it's following Marvel Films' lead, but they don't have the same kind of iconic characters that Marvel does... and they're not bringing in the same level of talent to adapt, either.

Thoughts?

-Eric Vespe
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