Hellboy is getting a second chance at (cinematic) life. On his Facebook page, “Hellboy” creator Mike Mignola announced an R-rated reboot of the franchise starring “Stranger Things” star David Harbour in the lead role. “The Descent” director Neil Marshall will helm the project.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Millennium is negotiating with producers Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin to reboot the franchise. Dark Horse Entertainment’s Mike Richardson will also produce. Andrew Cosby, Christopher Golden and Mignola have penned the script for the film, which is tentatively titled “Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen.”
This news comes just two months after director Guillermo del Toro, who brought the character to the big screen in 2004, 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.
Fans, and Perlman himself, called for another sequel since the premiere of “Hellboy II: The Golden Army.” Although Perlman was long optimistic about the chances for a third “Hellboy” film, he finally conceded last year that it will “probably never happen.” “We don’t talk about that anymore,” he said in October, referring to del Toro, “Because he’s busy, and I’m busy. Maybe one day he’s going to call and say, ‘Hey, let’s do it.’ But for right now? We’re happy discovering new worlds to conquer.”
Harbour, who will play the title character, is no stranger to comic book adaptations. He has appeared in minor roles in both “Suicide Squad” and “The Green Hornet.” However, his career recently took off when he starred as Jim Hopper in the critically acclaimed Netflix series “Stranger Things.” His past credits include “Black Mass,” “State of Affairs” and “The Newsroom.”
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Marshall has worked largely in fantasy, science fiction and horror, dabbling in such projects as “Game of Thrones,” “Constantine,” “Hannibal,” “Timeless” and “Westworld.” His past credits also include “Dog Soldiers,” “Doomsday,” “Centurion” and “Tales of Halloween.” He will also contribute to the upcoming “Lost in Space” TV series, which is currently filming.
The upcoming “Hellboy” reboot has no release date at this time.