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Valiant brings Susco back to write ‘Harbinger’

'Texas Chainsaw 3D' scribe will pen comicbook adaptation

Though the film may have stalled at Paramount, Valiant Entertainment Group has decided to go it alone with the “Harbinger” adaptation, bringing back Stephen Susco to pen the script that Brett Ratner will help develop with an eye to direct.

Susco originally developed and Ratner was originally attached to direct when the project was at Par, but underlying rights issues in the wake of the Fox/WB lawsuit over “Watchmen” stalled the project.

Instead of going the studio route, Valiant sought financing; it received a capital infusion from private investment company Cuneo & Co. and partnered with former Marvel CEO and vice chairman Peter Cuneo to relaunch and independently develop its library of more 1,500 titles.

Based on the hit Valiant comicbook series and created by Jim Shooter, “Harbinger” is a dark and modern twist on the mutant/superhero mythology that follows Pete Stanchek, a teenager-turned-superhero and his battle with a powerful industrialist.

Alexandra Milchan will produce along with Valiant Entertainment Group chief creative officer Dinesh Shamdasani. Rat Entertainment’s John Cheng is exec producing.

Susco is also writing and producing “Vessel” for Paramount Insurge as well as writing and producing “How to Live Safely in a Science Fiction Universe” for Chris Columbus and 1492 Pictures. His most recent pic was Lionsgate’s “Texas Chainsaw 3D,” and he also co-wrote and co-produced last year’s Sundance pic “High School.”

He is repped by Verve and Bloom Hergott.

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