But there is a sadder, darker side to the Hollywood/comics relationship. You see, sometimes you can make a very successful indie superhero movie that everyone enjoys greatly despite its flaws, and have your studio go out of business, leaving everyone bravely saying, “Someone will put it out!” In the case of HELLBOY 2 there’s a happy ending after all, as Universal has signed on! :
Universal Pictures will fully finance and distribute “Hellboy 2,” the Guillermo del Toro-directed sequel to the 2004 Dark Horse Comic-spawned film.
Studio picks up a project orphaned by Revolution Studios, which made the original and distributed through its deal at Columbia Pictures. With Revolution out of business, the sequel became available and Universal slotted it for summer 2008.
Ron Perlman returns as Hellboy, and filming begins in April in Prague and London. “There are few properties which offer this unique blend of action, humor and character-based spectacle,” said U Pictures chairman Marc Shmuger.
And you know something? He’s right!!!