It looks like a project that has been in development hell for some time has finally picked up some steam, as Deadline just reported that Maze Runner filmmaker Wes Ball has joined the adaptation of Harbinger. Paramount Pictures is eyeing an adaptation of the Valiant Comic of the same name that follows a group of teenagers with powers and their conflict with a corporation exploiting their abilities. The script will be written by Andrew Lanham, who recently worked on Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi. It’s part of Ball’s first-look deal with Paramount and his production company Oddball Entertainment.
For some time, the project was being developed by Sony with Dylan O’Brien and Noah Centineo being targeted for titular roles. Yet, it seems that there is currently no talent involved with the projects. It’s unclear when Ball may tackle this project, as he is currently busy developing a reboot of Planet of the Apes for Disney, but the script is being worked on with Josh Friedman involved.
Originally, our own Charles Murphy broke the news on Sony’s original plans for the project back in 2018, where Justin Tipping was eyed to helm the project. It was part of a five-picture deal with Neil Moritz’s Original Film Studio that was eyeing the adaptation of Valiant Comics. So far, the only one realized is still Vin Diesel‘s luke-warm adaptation of Bloodshot. Here’s hoping the project can finally pick up the pace to bring the David Lapham and Jim Shooter series that started back in 1992 for 41 issues. We’ll keep an eye out for further updates.