As soon as this fall, production will begin on the R-rated reboot of the Hellboy franchise. However, the gun-toting, world-saving demon won’t be played by Ron Perlman, who originally brought the character to life in 2004, and fan-favorite director Guillermo del Toro won’t be behind the camera. Instead, Stranger Things star David Harbour will don the (filed-down) horns, and The Descent’s Neil Marshall will direct. Nevertheless, the reboot seems to have del Toro’s blessing.
“I don’t own Hellboy, Mike [Mignola] does. So, you know, he is the father of the character and if he wants to reboot it, it’s perfectly fine. I got to make two — that’s two more than I thought I would get to make,” del Toro told The Hollywood Reporter. “So you know, as far as I’m concerned god speed and god bless.”
News of the reboot arrived just two months after director Guillermo del Toro confirmed that Hellboy 3 would not happen. Whispers of a supposed third entry into the Hellboy film series circulated for years, even though it never seemed all that likely to happen. While the devoted fans are there, the financial returns for del Toro’s pricey adaptations made it a difficult sell from the start. Recently, however, a glimmer of hope seemed to appear when del Toro teased a Twitter poll regarding a meeting between star Ron Perlman, series creator Mike Mignola, and himself. The meeting eventually did take place, but unfortunately, it appears to have been for naught.
Last month, Mignola announced an R-rated reboot of the franchise. Dark Horse Entertainment’s Mike Richardson is on board to produce, and Andrew Cosby, Christopher Golden and Mignola have penned the script for the film, which is tentatively titled Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen. “I can say that this is a darker, more gruesome version of Hellboy,” Cosby said in a recent interview. “Neil said from the very beginning that he wanted to walk a razor’s edge between horror and comic book movie, which was music to my ears, because that’s what I was shooting for in the script, and precisely what Mignola does so well with the comics.”
Directed by The Descent‘s Neil Marshall, the upcoming Hellboy reboot is written by Andrew Cosby, Christopher Golden and Mike Mignola and stars David Harbour in the title role. The film does not yet have a release date.