As the parent company of Valiant Comics, DMG Entertainment plans to bring Valiant's vast library of world-class intellectual property to a global audience. This multi-platform initiative prioritizes both the cinematic and publishing landscapes, with the intention of expanding the universe to gaming and theme parks in the future.
DMG Entertainment was born from a partnership between Dan Mintz, Bing Wu, and Peter Xiao. Originally an ad agency, DMG underwent massive growth before emerging as one of Hollywood’s leading media companies. Recent feature films produced and financed by DMG, including Transcendence (2014) and Point Break (2015), have achieved global success.
The relationship between Valiant Comics and DMG Entertainment began in 2015, when the studio acquired a minority stake in the business. In the years that followed, DMG Entertainment steadily purchased more shares before eventually taking full managerial control of the Valiant library in January 2018.
Valiant properties are well known for their story-centric approach and emotionally compelling touchpoints. DMG Entertainment plans to lend its creative vision and financing power to the Valiant universe, bringing these popular stories to new platforms and changing the way fans can interact with familiar characters. The entertainment powerhouse already has multiple projects in development, including television shows and feature films with companies such as Sony Pictures and CBS Studios.
The Valiant Comics library represents the third largest collection of intellectual property in its class, following Disney’s Marvel and Warner Brother’s DC Comics. DMG Entertainment has made clear that it intends to develop these properties for television, publishing, licensing, and an expansive cinematic universe. After entering the world of 3D features with the special edition release of Terminator 2 (2017), fans have speculated that DMG Entertainment will also release 3D versions of upcoming Valiant universe films.
On their feature slate, DMG Entertainment is in production for Bloodshot with Sony Pictures. The movie will reach theaters on February 21, 2020 and it will be the first film of a 5-picture deal. It will also serve as the introduction to the Valiant cinematic universe.
Bloodshot is one of the most successful new comic book series of the past two decades with more than 100 issues published and lifetime sales of more than 7 million copies in multiple languages around the world. The Valiant Comics property centers on a soldier, brought back to life by nanotechnology to act as a bounty hunter for outcast superhumans. Vin Diesel will play the titular character. Dave Wilson, who is “Deadpool” director Tim Miller’s partner at Blur Studios, is attached to direct. Other confirmed cast members include Guy Pearce, Lamorne Morris, and Eiza Gonzalez.
While no release date has been set, DMG Entertainment has confirmed that it is actively developing Harbinger with Sony Pictures. This will be the second film of their 5-picture deal with Sony, following the release of Bloodshot. Reports suggest the film will enter production in the second half of 2019.
The Harbinger series was an extremely popular title for Valiant Comics, selling over 5 million copies worldwide. The story centers on Pete Stancheck, a telekinetic teenage runaway, and his relationship with the Harbinger Foundation. The role of Pete Stancheck has yet to be cast, but That Hashtag Show claims that Dylan O’Brien is the studio’s preferred choice.
Development is currently underway for a live-action adaptation of Faith, the superhero genre’s first plus-size female heroine. The feature would represent part of DMG Entertainment’s 5-picture deal with Sony Pictures, however, the order in which the films might be released is unclear.
Writer Maria Melnik, formerly of American Gods, will write the screenplay. Original Films is set to produce along with DMG Entertainment. Stranger Things alum, Shannon Purser (who played Barb in the ultra-popular Netflix series) took to Twitter in the summer of 2018 to express her interest in playing the titular character. Jody Houser, who writes the Faith series for Valiant, voiced her support for the casting choice at New York City Comic Con. However, she also stated that she would like Faith to be “the breakout role for an actor who hasn’t had their break”.
DMG Entertainment has released few details about the feature adaptation of Shadowman, but confirms the project is in active development. In 2017, The Hollywood Reporter noted that Reginald Hudlin would direct. Hudlin was said to be rewriting the screenplay, originally penned by J. Michael Straczynski. As this information is dated, it may no longer be accurate.
Quantum & Woody Edit
DMG Entertainment is currently developing a television adaptation of the popular Quantum & Woody series. The project is a joint venture with Getaway Productions, the production company founded by Joe and Anthony Russo (Avengers). It is not yet publicly attached to a specific studio or network.
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- ↑ DMG Entertainment - Facebook (March 27, 2019)
- ↑ Comic Book Shake-Up: DMG Entertainment Acquires Valiant (Exclusive) - The Hollywood Reporter (March 27, 2019)
- ↑ About DMG Entertainment - Valiant Entertainment (March 27, 2019)
- ↑ [DMG Entertainment - Bloodshot - Coming Soon] (March 27, 2019)
- ↑ Vin Diesel’s ‘Bloodshot’ Gets 2020 Release Date - The Wrap (March 27, 2019)
- ↑ EXCLUSIVE: Sony Eyeing Dylan O’Brien for Lead Role in ‘HARBINGER’ - ThatHashtagShow.com (March 27, 2019)
- ↑ Shannon Purser - Twitter (March 27, 2019)
- ↑ Who Can Play Shadowman and Faith? Valiant Writers Cast Their Characters - Inverse (March 27, 2019)
- ↑ ‘Quantum And Woody’: TBS, Russo Brothers Developing Series From DMG’s Valiant Stable - Deadline (March 27, 2019)