Shocking, I know. Dark Horizons reported yesterday that the screenwriter of the acclaimed Texas Chainsaw 3D will be penning the script for the upcoming Hollywood adaptation of Valiant Comic‘s Harbinger title. Harbinger was a comic series back in the early ’90s about teens coping with new found abilities. I absolutely loved the original comic (they’ve recently resurrected it, though I have yet to check out this new incarnation), though with shows like Heroes and last year’s movie Chronicle, it seemed like the topic had pretty much been covered. But superhero movies in general are still big money-makers, and Harbinger still has a lot to offer, so I guess it’s not too surprising.
What may be even more shocking is that I wrote a screenplay for Harbinger a few years ago after I heard that Paramount had secured the rights. I had always wanted to write a screenplay based on the comic, and nothing motivates like competition, right? I tried shopping it around (mostly by cold-calling dozens of agencies during my lunch hours to find representation), but got nowhere. Ultimately, I contented myself with the fact that I had at least written it (incomplete as it is).
I say incomplete because my script it actually the first in a proposed trilogy. I shook off the dust and outlined the second script late last year. Maybe if I can motivate myself enough, I can beat Hollywood to it! And perhaps after the “official” movie adaptation has been made, I’ll release my script(s) online.