Thursday, June 10, 2010
Newsarama: THE COMIC BOOK MOVIE DECADE: What the Future Holds?
With the success of Iron Man 2, it appears that comic book movies aren't going anywhere, and several more are coming in 2010.
But whether comic book movies are based on well-known superheroes, quirky independent books, or just "kick-ass" concepts, their success begs the question: What's next?
While Marvel's move toward a shared universe is currently changing the future of comic book movies, their establishment of their own movie studio had a huge impact on comic book movies of the past decade. And that idea of self-created movies may eventually extend to other publishers in the future.
"It's not an easy thing to do, but it's certainly in the realm of possibilities," said Matt Hawkins, president of Top Cow, the publisher behind the Wanted comic book that became a hit film.
In fact, Top Cow is producing The A-Team with Fox. But producing a film and making it yourself are two different things, Hawkins said. "Marvel made a separate company and had something like $600 million of financing come in to set it up. And it was all predicated on the success of the Spider-Man," he said. "The amount of money that's involved and the amount of risk that's involved, and the bonding and all those various things, mean you have to really invest yourself in that before it makes sense."
Read the full article here.