'Hellboy' Reboot Starts Bidding War

By Frater, Patrick | Variety, May 21, 2017 | Go to article overview

'Hellboy' Reboot Starts Bidding War


Frater, Patrick, Variety


A BIDDING BATTLE is under way in Cannes for Chinese rights to the reboot of the "Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen" franchise. The project is being represented by Avi Lerner's Millennium Films.

With bids in the region of $13 million for mainland China, the film is one of the hottest on the Croisette. International buyers are understood to have been told that the picture will be guaranteed a 2,000-screen release in North America.

The new "Hellboy" project emerged a couple of weeks ago with Mike Mignola, who created the original "Hellboy" comic, breaking the news on Facebook.

"Game of Thrones" and "The Descent" director Neil Marshall is attached to helm the film, and "Stranger Things" actor David Harbour in talks to star.

Among the highest bids for China is one understood to have come from a Guangzhou- based company that is not known to be a mainstream distributor. …

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