According to The Motley Fool on Saturday, in recent news Illuminati Entertainment and Benderspink teamed up to gain the rights to "Dreadstar" which is an independent comic book that's going to be molded into a film version. Jim Starlin is also the writer/artist for the 80s publication. Some fans my know him as the creator of the Thanos character as having been seen briefly at the end of Joss Whedon's "The Avengers". Starlin is also known to have developed the mythos of the characters being portrayed in James Gunn's "Guardians of the Galaxy".
Notably, Indie comic book movie opportunities move forward with other titles such as "Superior" by Mark Millar. 20th Century Fox has achieved the rights to this publication and Millar is also known as a consultant to Marvel when it comes to its properties. He is also co-producer of director Matthew Vaughn's "Kick-Ass" film.
There appears to be an interest from studios in acquiring rights to comic book titles, but as of now it could only be considered a litmus test on whether such a market would be a rising sensation and the ability to compete with Marvel Studios. Investors do have high hopes, but there had been some flops such as the "R.I.P.D." film, a movie adaptation from Dark Horse Comics.
On the other hand, "Oblivion", which is a film adaptation of the graphic novel by Arvid Nelson of Radiant Comics, had done quite well. That being said, it may be a bit early for companies to be putting an ample supply of money into these types of films, so it may be best to test run "Dreadstar" and "Superior" considering the familiar names of Starlin and Millar may have the credibility to back up these two titles.
It's not unthinkable to find untapped sources of revenue that go beyond the Marvel and DC nomenclature. At this time it wouldn't be entirely unwise not to invest in such a venture considering the trending impact that comic book movies have at this time.