The Hollywood Reporter has revealed Reginald Hudlin (House Party) is set to direct the live-action adaptation of Shadowman from Valiant Entertainment.
Shadowman is flagship superhero of the Valiant universe. Originally an African-American musician in New Orleans, Jack Boniface becomes Shadowman, a mystical defender of Earth, after he’s infected by a spirit which grants him a variety of powers including paranormal strength, endurance, agility, and other voodoo powers as he defends the world from demonic invasion.
Hudlin himself makes his return to feature filmmaking later this year for the first time since the early 00’s with Marshall which stars Chadwick Boseman as Thurgood Marshall battling through one of his career-defining cases as the first African-American Supreme Court Justice. Hudlin has had a long career as a director in Television and has also written comic books including a four-year run on Marvel’s Black Panther, the comic book adaptation of Django Unchained as well as the follow-up Django/Zorro which he co-wrote with Matt Wagner. Hudlin is also currently reviving Milestone for DC Comics.
Hudlin will redevelop the Shadowman screenplay by J. Michael Straczynski alongside Salem showrunner Adam Simon. Straczynski will remain attached to the project as executive producer. Sean Daniel and Jason Brown of The Sean Daniel Company are set to produce the feature film adaptation with Valiant Entertainment’s Dinesh Shamdasani. The project will first be developed in-house by Hudlin and Simon before being shopped to studios.