Paul Downs Colaizzo In Talks To Replace Wes Ball As Director On Paramount Adaptation Of ‘Harbinger’

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EXCLUSIVE: Paul Downs Colaizzo is in talks to direct and rewrite Paramount Pictures’ Harbinger, stepping in for Wes Ball.

Ball was forced to step down to focus on the next Planet of the Apes pic, on which he is deep in pre-production.

Neal Moritz and Toby Jaffe are producing Harbinger for Original Film. Dan Mintz is producing for Valiant Entertainment. The project is in development at Paramount.

Based on the Valiant comic book series, the story follows a group of teens with superpowers who go up against the corporation that tried to exploit their talents.

Downs Colaizzo is best known for writing and directing the Sundance darling Brittany Runs a Marathon starring Jillian Bell. The film was a critical hit at the 2019 festival and eventually was acquired by Amazon Prime Video. He is repped by CAA, Range Media Partners and attorney Steve Warren.

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