Variety reports that Universal Pictures will produce and release HELLBOY 2, Guillermo del Toro's sequel to his supernatural superhero film from 2004. The project has been searching for a home since being turned down by Revolution Studios and Columbia, which were behind the original; Universal now plans to roll the film next April in Budapest and London, with a summer 2008 release scheduled.
Del Toro is scripting and will direct the film, with Ron Perlman and Selma Blair returning as the titular horned hero and his pyrokinetic girlfriend Liz Sherman; at the recent San Diego Comic-Con, del Toro said that Abe Sapien (Doug Jones) will also encore with an expanded role.
Back as well are producers Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin and Mike Richardson, with Mike Mignola (who created the Dark Horse comic on which the films are based) on board as co-producer. Mignola also came up with the reported storyline for HELLBOY 2, subtitled THE GOLDEN ARMY, in which the creatures of the mythical world rebel against humanity and Hellboy has to stop them.