The name Reginald Hudlin may not seem familiar to many folks, but for Black cinephiles, House Party and Boomerang are considered legendary. In addition, the filmmaker is no stranger to the world of comic books, having penned Marvel Comics series Black Panther from 2005 to 2008. Which is why his latest project should come as no surprise. Per THR:
Independent comic book company Valiant Entertainment is continuing its march toward the big screen, with Heat Vision learning that the adaptation of its Shadowman series has brought on new creative team to redevelop the property.
Adam Simon, showrunner for WGN America’s Salem, will rewrite a screenplay by J. Michael Straczynski based on the supernatural comic book property, sources familiar with the project revealed. Reginald Hudlin, fresh off his directorial return with this October’s Thurgood Marshall thriller Marshall, is attached to direct.
Shadowman is a supernatural concept based around an African-American musician in New Orleans who becomes infected by a spirit that allows him otherworldly abilities. As the latest incarnation of the titular Shadowman, a mystical defender of Earth against demonic invasion, he has to protect against threats from Master Darque and other denizens of the netherworld known as the Deadside.
The character debuted in 1992’s Shadowman No. 1, and currently appears in the company’s current Rapture comic book series, which launched last month.
When one thinks of comic book companies, it’s usually Marvel, DC, and Image, and in that order. Valiant? Not so much. But for comic book nerds like myself, they have a roster of books that could rival any current superhero movie. With the right screenplay, director, and actor, a lot of their stories could be the next superhero blockbuster. Let’s just hope that their first superhero movie outing is a success, and leads to even more of their properties hitting the big screen.