Paramount Pictures Takes The Superhero Comic HARBINGER From Sony and Will Develop it as a Film
The big screen adaptation of Valiant’s Harbinger was originally set up at Sony Pictures and there were initially plans for it to crossover with Vin Diesel’s Bloodshot film. Well, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen because Paramount Pictures has snatched up the rights from Sony, and now they will be the ones developing the Harbinger movie.
Harbinger is a next-generation X-Men-esque storyline about a group of superpowered teens on the run from the Harbinger Foundation, an organization run by a mysterious philanthropist, Toyo Harada. They want to harness their abilities for its own ends.
Justin Tipping, who was attached to direct the film is still attached. He is working on the script with Joshua Beirne-Golden off an original draft by Eric Heisserer (Arrival). Producer Neal Moritz is also still attached to produce the film. In fact, he was the one that pushed for the new studio when his production company moved from Sony to Paramount in 2018. Toby Jaffe and Valiant Comics' Dan Mintz will also produce.
Harbinger did go through a short development process at Paramount before moving forward with the same creative team. Actors Dylan O’Brien and Noah Centineo have been circling roles in the film, but as of right now, no casting has been announced.
When Harbinger was at Sony, it would have been released after Bloodshot and then the two would have connected in a third film. It kinda sucks that the crossover won’t happen anymore, but hopefully in the end the creative team delivers a good film!