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Helkon Dives Into Gene Pool

Helkon International Pictures and sister company Helkon SK, in conjunction with Tri-Pictures and Eagle Pictures, have bought the comic book Gene Pool from creators Len Wein and Marv Wolfman, both of whom created Blade the Vampire Hunter, the Marvel Comics character upon which the Wesley Snipes movie was based. Wein and Wolfman are currently suing Marvel and New Line Film for financial compensation. The suit is not interfering with plans for Blade 2, which recently finished location shooting in Prague, The Czech Republic.

"Len and Marv gave the world some of the most memorable comic book characters and classic storylines during their years with DC and Marvel, including [The X-Men's] Wolverine, Storm, Nightwing and Crisis on Infinite Earths," said Lee Solomon of HIP.

HIP purchased Gene Pool for low- to mid-six figures. The four companies, which will share rights, will jointly develop the story into a live-action, English-language feature film of the same name. The soon-to-be-published comic book focuses a group of reluctant heroes who are thrown together when they find themselves hunted. Wein and Wolfman will write the movie script themselves.