By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Sony Pictures.
Hollywood has been dancing around Hellboy II for some time. When rumor broke that Guillermo del Toro was looking to direct Halo, most assumed (and predicted) that the director would have to jump off of the next Hellboy installment. Toro responded quickly by announcing that he is still doing all he can to remain in the Hellboy II director's chair and remained confident that he would not leave the set.
Then, to get our hopes up, we were told that Hellboy II had a working title -- The Golden Army. Just when things seemed at a high we were alerted that the Hellboy franchise was still looking for another parent studio.
Up, down, up, down, up , down. So what's next?
Hellboy 2 Gets Universal
According to Variety, Universal Pictures has picked up the rights to Hellboy II. The studio will fully finance and distribute the film with, at least at this point, Guillermo del Toro at the helm.
The project had been orphaned by Revolution Studios, which made the original and distributed through its deal at Columbia Pictures.
In a script by del Toro, Ron Perlman returns as Hellboy, the humanoid creature born in the flames of hell who was deposited on Earth's doorstep as an infant and battles otherworldly evil for a covert government agency. Selma Blair returns as the horned hero's pyrokinetic love interest.
Production for Hellboy II is expected to begin in April in Budapest and London. Universal is hoping to have the sequel out to theatres during summer of 2008
The original had a box office take of $100 million worldwide.