For years fans waited on the third chapter in Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy franchise only to see it rebooted by Neil Marshall. Now we finally know the details why the story of Big Red is being reimagined, and it's all down to del Toro's lack of interest in a threequel.
"For years, the second one came out in , and during that time the idea of a third would've been very very exciting," longtime producer Lloyd Levin said to Collider. "It was up to Guillermo and he ultimately decided that this was behind him. He was onto other things. So we were able to get a hold of the rights."
"A third without Guillermo was unthinkable and without Ron was unthinkable so you have over 20 years worth of stories and dozens of characters and it just felt like there was so much more of the Hellboy, Mignola-verse to explore," he continued. "So we talked about it and faced with no opportunity to do a third, the only opportunity was to reboot."
Marshall, known for his action-horror Dog Soldiers, is offering a darker and bloodier take on the Dark Horse Comics property, with David Harbour replacing Ron Perlman in the titular role. It definitely will stand out from del Toro's campy films, in that this new vision is R-rated and is set to tell a different story with a slightly different character.
In addition to "The Wild Hunt," the upcoming film will adapt elements of two other Hellboy story arcs: "Darkness Calls" and "The Storm and the Fury" -- with Milla Jovovich's Nimue, aka the Blood Queen, looking to corrupt Hellboy and raise literal hell on Earth.
Arriving April 12, director Neil Marshall’s Hellboy stars David Harbour as Hellboy, Ian McShane as Trevor Bruttenholm, Milla Jovovich as Nimue, Sasha Lane as Alice Monaghan, Penelope Mitchell as Ganeida and Daniel Dae Kim as Ben Daimio.