In the coming months and years, the comic book characters of Valiant Entertainment are poised to cross over into the live action realm. But when it finally happens, the company will be a complete part of the DMG Entertainment empire.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, DMG already controlled 57 percent of the company, but made a move today to buy the remaining outstanding interest ahead of the company’s streaming series Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe and the in-development Bloodshot feature film. “This is about taking it to the next level,” said DMG CEO Dan Mintz. “I am not looking on expanding from a publishing standpoint but from a motion picture standpoint.”
While Mintz’s interest mainly concerns the transmedia efforts, Valiant CEO Dinesh Shamdasani, who revived the company as a publishing entity in 2012, will be leaving Valiant. The established comic book universe and creative teams will remain unchanged, however. In fact, Mintz plans to bring those creative teams into the development process of Valiant film, TV and streaming projects.
Besides the Ninjak web series and the Bloodshot feature, Valiant currently has a number of projects in development including a Quantum and Woody television pilot, a feature based on Harbinger, an Eternal Warrior film, and a potential Dr. Mirage series at The CW.
Founded in 1989 just prior to the Image Revolution, Valiant grew to become the third largest comic book IP stable behind Marvel and DC with titles like Harbinger, X-O Manowar and Magnus: Robot Fighter; though the later was licensed and no longer part of the Valiant brand. The company was bought by video game maker Acclaim in the 1990s, leading to a fondly remembered Turok video game, but was left adrift when Acclaim hit hard times early in the 21st Century.
And now, it seems, Valiant’s trasmedia potential may finally be realized.