Hellboy II Dropped by Sony Pictures

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  1. Strgts Registered

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    Variety says that Hellboy director Guillermo del Toro will helm an adaptation of Roald Dahl's 1973 book "The Witches" for Warner Bros., but the article also has an update on Hellboy II:

    Futuristic thriller "Killing on Carnival Row" is set up at New Line, with Arnold and Anne Kopleson producing through Kopelson Entertainment. A screenplay has been delivered, said Del Toro, but with no budget nor cast, project has still to be greenlit. Other majors are reviewing "Hellboy II," which was at Revolution Studios, as Sony has bowed out.

    The full article is available at the link above for subscribers

    //www.superherohype.com/news/hellboynews.php?id=4260
     
  2. Hellmistress Registered

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    Try not to get too alarmed at this - the situation with Revolution meant that HBII was going to have to be touted about anyway, as Sony would be reluctant to finance the film solely. GdT said just a couple of weeks ago that we were close to good news on HBII, and I have no reason to doubt him. This has probably been ongoing since Revolution went kaput, and a budgeting 'package' has been on the cards and being organised for a while. It just means that HBII will probably be a co-production with several companies.

    HM
     
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    I agree. There's no need to panic as Hellboy II will be made regardless of this unfortunate situation. :hellboy:
     
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    HellBoy II better get made because out of all the comic book sequels that happen or shouldnt happen this one should and has to

    PEARLMAN!
     
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    I suspect Deltoro would put his own personal money behind this one if all else fails.

    I don't doubt that he'll find the money though. Especially with what is sure to be a good infusion of publicity from his CANNES showing of Pan's Labyrinth.

    It'll happen. Never fear.
     
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    It'll happen. Especially with the upcoming animated films to debut on Cartoon Network. Pearlman was born to play HB:up:
     
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    Well its pretty clear now that Del Toro is moving on to other projects that a Hellboy sequel isn't happening anytime soon.

    Honestly I'm not surprised.
     
  8. Hellmistress Registered

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    Guillermo ALWAYS has other projects on the go. THE WITCHES script isn't even finished, and until he comes out and says HBII isn't going to be made, then I'm taking all of this hype and crap with a large pinch of salt.

    HM
     
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    It's not exactly crap though. It's been two years now with pretty much little to no movement at all. Perlman is pushing 60 so I wonder how much longer he can actually play this character.

    There's clearly no rush to make this sequel or a demand at all.
     
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    Gullermo and Mignola have made many announcements in the last 2 years reguarding HB II. We know the title and that the script is either done or near done.
     
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    The script is finished and the only thing that held up the film was the debacle between Sony and Revolution. There is a lot of buzz for the film - however, it's an expensive one (around $70 million plus) and Sony probably wasn't keen to do the whole finance package - and the script has been shown to other companies for budgeting purposes. Nothing new, and nothing unusual.

    And so what if Ron is older (He's JUST turned 56, by the way)? He's perfectly capable of playing HB for years yet.

    HM
     
  12. TheVileOne Registered

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    Seems pretty unusual to me. There's no assurance that another company will pick it up and shell out the money for it. The odds are against this franchise.

    We'll see. But they wanted to make like a series of movie, and they seem to be taking forever to make a sequel.
     
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    Seems pretty unusual to me. There's no assurance that another company will pick it up and shell out the money for it. The odds are against this franchise.

    We'll see. But they wanted to make like a series of movie, and they seem to be taking forever to make a sequel.
     
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    Well this sucks.:hellboy:
     
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    It doesn't help matters that GdT is a very busy man.
     
  16. WallCrawl Registered

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    I don't actually mind if there isn't a Hellboy 2, as I'm more interested in the upcoming animated movies. I REALLY hope they turn out well. And I haven't heard much about the Amazing Screw-On Head project since it was announced. It was supposed to come out sometime this year. I hope it hasn't been dropped.
     
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    me neither.
    while 1 was a great looking movie it also isn't a very good movie.
    looking forward to the animated, care less for a sequle to the live action.
     
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    Anyone forget that GDT has a film showing this week at the Cannes festival?! Lots of news about him doesn't mean anything has changed with Hellboy 2.

    Little faith people.
     
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    Exactly. PAN'S LABYRINTH is showing on Saturday and is in competition for the Palme D'Or, and he has a good record at Cannes. It certainly can't do his rep any harm, and I think HBII will be okay, seriously.

    HM
     
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    I hope Pan gets into theaters here, the movie looks amazing.
     
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    I have high hopes of a reasonable release (probably a platform release Stateside), although it will probably be limited to art houses and independent theatres here in the UK. But the buzz is pretty good, and I DO know the DVD will be superb.

    HM
     
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    I would never expect it to get a wide release if it came Stateside, but our local AMC carries a lot of limited release films because it can't compete with the local Famous Players. We also have a rep theater that carries a lot of independant films, so as long as it comes here I'd be sure to get it. :D

    I'm surprised no Mignola fans here have any info to offer on the Amazing Screw-On head project. Is it dead or what?
     
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    Well, no surprise Sony dropped it. I hope a smaller hungry studio picks it up.
     
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    You know, some other studio is going to pick it up, give it a smaller yet adequate budget, actually advertise this one, make millions off it and then Sony will be

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    It's not like they didn't advertise Hellboy. There were even action figures.

    Once again, there's not really a significant demand for this as a franchise. We aren't talking about Spider-man here.
     

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