J. Michael Straczynski to Pen and Produce Shadowman Movie

Shadowman Comic Book CoverJ. Michael Straczynski is one busy man these days. You can probably count at least a half dozen movies he’s script doctored for every movie he actually gets screenwriting credit. That may be a tad of an exaggeration, but the guy really does work a LOT in Hollywood ever since his show “Babylon 5″ went off the air and he concentrated on writing for movies.

Just in time for New York Comic Con (gee, what a coincidence), Straczynski has reportedly signed on to adapt “Shadowman”, based on the Valiant Entertaining comic book character that Valiant plans to use as a launching pad for their characters. The company plans to develop and then fund the movie in-house.

Shadowman was created way back in the ’90s when Valiant Entertainment was still Valiant Comics, and Jim Shooter ran things. I was never a really big fan of Shadowman (I was always more of a “Solar” man myself), but you gotta love how Shooter weaved his entire Valiant Comics line-up into one coherent universe.

In any case, “Shadowman” is about a superhero who must do battle when “the forces of darkness are determined to claim New Orleans as their own, and Jack Boniface must accept the legacy he was born to uphold, in order to stop them. As Shadowman, Jack is about to become the only thing that stands between his city and an army of unspeakable monstrosities from beyond the night. He must pay a high price and master his new abilities before Master Darque brings down the wall between reality and the eldritch darkness of the Deadside.”

Straczynski will also executive produce along with “The Mummy” producer Sean Daniel.

Besides a sorta-new publisher, it looks like Shadowman also got a facelift, if the new comic book cover (top left) is any indication. I liked the old look, below, better myself. But then I’ve always been a sucker for cool jackets.

Shadowman Comic Book Cover

Via : Deadline