Comic book fans wanting to see more than just Marvel and DC properties make it to the big screen were thrilled by the news that Sony had signed a five-film deal with Valiant comics back in 2015. The deal includes both Harbinger and Bloodshot adaptations, with reports that each property would be given two stand-alone films followed by a crossover event film, Harbinger Wars.
Now, things are continuing to move forward with the film, but the studio isn’t quite ready to begin production quite yet. The script, originally written by Eric Heisserer (Arrival), is now reportedly being re-written.
According to Deadline, Sony has hired writing duo Justin Tipping and Joshua Beirne-Golden to do a re-write of Harbinger. The two screenwriters made a name for themselves with their award-winning Kicks in 2016, and Harbinger will be their first big-budget production.
The project does not yet have a director attached, but will be produced by Neal Moritz (of the Fast and the Furious franchise), as well as Toby Jaffe and Dinesh Shamdasani.
The decision to hire a new team of writers to work on the script suggests that the adaptation from Heisserer was not exactly what the studio was looking for, which raises some questions about whether or not Heisserer will still be penning the script for Bloodshot. When the project was first announced, Heisserer was brought on as screenwriter for both films, with Jeff Wadlow co-writing. If he is being dropped from the Harbinger script, this may mean that he is also going to be pulled from Bloodshot.
However, these re-writes could also be the result of some other issues with Heisserer, in terms of scheduling or for some other reason that will see him staying on for Bloodshot. These could also be re-writes done in conjunction with the original scriptwriter, to add a new perspective to the project. Having multiple writers work in collaboration is certainly not rare, and the news does not come with any official announcement that the original writer is leaving, only that Tipping and Beirne-Golden are being brought on board for re-writes.
Whatever the reason for the re-writes, this is a good news for Harbinger fans, as it means that the project is still moving forward at Sony, and that the studio is willing to spend the time to create the best adaptation possible — not simply pushing out the film as quickly as possible.
Harbinger does not yet have a release date.