Mignola spills the beans: A HELLBOY movie reboot is coming

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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:

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!

 

12 COMMENTS

  1. “the critically well received Hellboy II: The Golden Army”

    WHAT?!?! The movie was gorgeous but it made the Transformers flicks look like the collected works of Melville, Tolstoy, Vidal and Dickens.

    Mike

  2. Aces! Great news! Love Mignola’s Hellboy comics (del Toro’s movies were only okay). A new “take” is totally welcome, and with Mignola contributing to the script, it’s bound to be worth the price of admission!

  3. In spite of my appreciation for Neil Marshall’s work and having nothing against the new actor’s ability, I’m against this. If they waited another 10 years, maybe. It might not suck, but it’s not the Hellboy I want to see.

  4. Really enjoyed the first movie. The second movie was gorgeous with some very predictable storytelling. I don’t mind the idea of a reboot, but I would have liked to see the del Toro trilogy completed.

  5. I’d have been happy to see more del Toro Hellboy, but I’ll be happy to see more del Toro ANYTHING —
    so if Hellboy is off his schedule, he can focus on something new. Marshall and Harbour seem like they’d be good stewards of the character, and I’m looking forward to what they bring with Rise of the Blood Queen.

  6. Liked but didn’t love the first Hellboy movie. Really, really liked the second one. Tonally different from the Hellboy comix that I’ve read (which I’ve really liked) but I just accepted the films as their own thing and evaluated them on their own terms. By that measure I thought they were quite good. A little sad that we won’t get the final part of the trilogy.

    I know nothing about the creative team on the film reboot but I wish them the best.

  7. I”m not sure i like the idea of a rated R Hellboy movie. Hope they don’t sacrifice quirks, character and storytelling for blood, guts and gore.

  8. Sorry, Ron Perlman + Del Toro need to complete their journey first. Then, let others do it their way. I don’t say this as a purist, I just think their Hellboy was the bee’s knees.

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