For the past few years, there’s been a fairly vocal contingent of fans who have been clamoring for another Hellboy film adapted from Mike Mignola’s signature creation (my absolute favorite comic, no bones about it). There had been hashtags galore, and urgings from both Ron Perlman and Guillermo del Toro at various points in time, but after years of speculation after the critically well received Hellboy II: The Golden Army, any hope for a Hellboy III came crashing down with the following tweets from del Toro:
@RealGDT Hellboy may move into a different direction. heartbroken- but, not up to me. I, for one, wish everyone involved the best of luck!
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) February 22, 2017
I was never the biggest fan of the del Toro take, so I took this in stride really. Hellboy has always lived and breathed on the page for me, first and foremost, so if there was any further movement on that front, I held onto the…maybe vain hope…that it would get relaunched into something a little closer to the eerie tone that keeps me coming back to the comics whenever they hit the stands.
And well, what do you know? Here comes Mike Mignola with some very important news: Hellboy is getting an R-rated reboot, directed by Neil Marshall (The Descent, Game of Thrones), and will star David Harbour, best known as Police Chief Jim Hopper from Stranger Things.
Harbour is an inspired choice for the role, though he’s got some big shoes to fill for sure. But extra enticing is the idea that Marshall will be returning to his big screen horror roots – The Descent remains one of the strongest offerings in that genre of the past 15 years.
The Hollywood Reporter states that both parties are in talks right now, and currently producers Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin are in negotiations with Millennium to produce. The film has a working title too: Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen, with a script written by Mignola, Christopher Golden, and Andrew Cosby.
Talk about an exciting shot of news to cap off this Monday night!
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