Earlier this week the Hollywood news site Deadline broke news that long-time Hollywood screenwriter and frequent comics writer J. Michael Straczynski (JMS) had been chosen to write a feature-film version of Valiant’s Shadowman. Since its relaunch earlier this year, Valiant has been pushing heavily both on the comics and movie front to get its properties out to a wider audience; earlier this year they announced that director Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass) was producing a feature film version of Bloodshot.
About Shadowman, JMS is quoted by Deadline as saying that Shadowman’s “New Orleans vibe and history” and his “struggle to find a balance with the personality within him is a perfect dramatic vehicle.”
For Straczynski, he endeared himself to genre fans with his work creating and writing the long-running sci-fi television series Babylon 5. After that he embarked on an uber-successful sideline career writing comics, doing everything from creator-owned to Amazing Spider-Man to Thor, Fantastic Four and even doing simultaneous runs on Wonder Woman and Superman. In recent years he’s taken a step back from actively writing comics at the level he was at his height, in favor of doing movies like Thor, Ninja Assassin and Changeling. Straczynski continues to write for DC’s Before Watchmen titles, and announced plans for more creator-owned work recently at Comic-Con International: San Diego.
JMS and Valiant have reportedly finished an outline, with JMS working on the actual script in the coming months.