J. Michael Straczynski Talks ‘Shadowman’ Movie For Valiant Comics

“Babylon 5″ showrunner J. Michael Straczynski is diving into the world of comic book movies again. This time, he’s penning the script for Valiant Comics’ “Shadowman” movie, and he gave MTV Geek the scoop about his plans.

“They approached me last year and said, ’We want to do a feature film of this character. Will you write it for us?'” Straczynski recalled. “And I said, ’Absolutely,’ because A, I like jazz, B, I like the supernatural, and there’s a really cool mix between those two, not just in terms of the usual New Orleans, Voodoo environment, but what is music but incantation of sorts?”

He continued, “We had talked about the difference between the ’Shadowman’ movie and the ’Shadowman’ comic, and the good thing is that the folks involved understand that there’s a difference between a movie and a comic book. There were times when they said, ’We’re doing this in the book, does it work for you in the movie?’ Some things did work and we’re going to carry them over, and some things did not and I said, ’We have to leave that out.'”

Like Marvel and potentially DC, Valiant is thinking of making a larger cinematic universe for its characters. But Straczynski said that they understand they need to do things step-by-step, which means that they’ll see how “Shadowman” goes over and then move on from there. That being said, Straczynski confirmed that he does have three movies planned if they get to that point.

The first draft for “Shadowman” should be turned in by late spring, and Valiant plans to start shooting in early 2014.

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