20th Century Fox and BOOM! Studios have agreed to a first-look deal that guarantees creators will see a large percentage of any monies taken in from projects based on their work. Under the deal, BOOM! will get an unspecified amount of first-dollar gross (or box office, minus the split with cinemas) on movies adapted from its properties, which means the company gets a piece of the pie whether the movie ultimately makes a profit or not. Those earnings will be split 50-50 between the publisher and creators.
This Friday, 2 Guns, a movie about two undercover drug agents who begrudgingly have to work together and that stars Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, opens in theaters. Most people who see it won't have any idea it was based on a comic book by writer Steven Grant and artist Mateus Santolouco. And yet Grant probably made more money from selling the movie rights than anyone who's written a Wolverine comic will make from The Wolverine, The New York Times explains.