Universal Pictures and Dark Horse Entertainment have signed a three-year production and distribution agreement, it was announced today. Under the terms of the deal, Universal would have creative access to all Dark Horse characters and properties, as well as any material that Dark Horse might acquire on its own and want to develop as a motion picture. Marc Shmuger and David Linde, Chairman and Co-Chairman of Universal Pictures, said in a joint statement: “Their unique connection to youth culture is proven, and we are thrilled to be part of their expanding film production work.” Uni is opening the production company’s Hellboy II: The Golden Army, directed by Guillermo del Toro and based on Mike Mignola’s Dark Horse Comics character, on July 11. Pretty soon, every single fucking Hollywood film is gonna be based on a comic one way or another. Ugh.