By Jonathon Dornbush
April 21, 2015 at 11:19 PM EDT
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Sony Pictures has found its cinematic comic book universe in Valiant Entertainment, and the two companies have just announced their plans for bringing some of Valiant’s most popular titles to the big screen.

Sony and Valiant revealed on Tuesday that both Bloodshot and Harbinger will receive film adaptations, culminating in a crossover film.

The first in the five-film plan will be Bloodshot, arriving in theaters in 2017. Bloodshot will be co-directed by John Wick‘s David Leitch and Chad Stahelski and based on a script by Kick Ass 2‘s Jeff Wadlow and Story of Your Life‘s Eric Heisserer. Director Matthew Vaughn and Jason Kothari will executive produce.

Bloodshot will precede Harbinger, which doesn’t have a firm release window as of now, nor a director. Heisserer, however, is also writing the script for that film. Neal H. Moritz, producer of the Fast and Furious films, and Toby Jaffe from Original Film are the producers for each project.

But wait, there’s more: both Bloodshot and Harbinger will then receive indivudual sequels, before a fifth film, Harbinger Wars, brings the two together.

Andrea Giannetti will watch over the entire franchise for Sony as the five films help to create a new cinematic series.

Valiant’s comic protagonists may not have the same widespread recognition as Marvel or DC Comics’ heroes, but there’s plenty of reasons to be excited for what Sony has in store. Bloodshot tells the story of a soldier raised from the dead who has been injected with nanotechnology and now has the ability to regenerate, along with heightened strength and speed. Bloodshot was created in 1992 by Don Perlin and Kevin VanHook.

Harbinger also began in 1992, created by Jim Shooter and David Lapham. The series focuses on Peter Stanchek, a runaway who has a full range of telepathic and telekinetic abilities. Stanchek, or Sting, is brought into the Harbinger Foundation as a recruit by its CEO Toya Harada.

The two eventually came together in 2013’s Harbinger Wars, which will serve as the impetus for that fifth film. The Hollywood Reporter originally announced the deal.

“Sony Pictures and Neal Moritz are the ideal partners to bring the world of Bloodshot and Harbinger to life,” Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani said in a statement. “They understand exactly what makes these characters tick and the exciting potential that they hold.”


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