Variety looks at efforts by publishers like Dark Horse, IDW Publishing, Oni Press and Tokyopop to get their comic projects onto the big screen:
In many cases, publishers are licensing their properties, with producers spending up to $200,000 to option the rights.
But like Marvel Entertainment, which is looking to grab a bigger piece of the pie with next summer’s “The Hulk” and “Iron Man” after licensing such top properties as “Spider-Man” and “Fantastic Four,” publishers are looking to self-finance these projects.
The payoff could be huge.
That’s because pics based on comicbooks on average are earning more than pics based on any other source material, averaging around $215 million each, according to a study conducted by Variety that surveyed the sources for the top 20 pics for each of the past 10 years.
The trade paper talks with IDW’s Chris Ryall, Tokyopop’s Stu Levy and Devil’s Due’s Josh Blaylock, and gives a quick rundown of some of the film projects in development.