Hellboy and the BPRD might have just found a new base of operations: Lionsgate. According to Splash Report, the producers of the upcoming reboot (presently titled Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen) are in final negotiations with the California-based production studio.
Lionsgate would be the third company to distribute a Hellboy movie, as Guillermo del Toro’s first adaptation was a co-production of Revolution Studios and Sony, and Hellboy II: The Golden Army arrived courtesy of Universal.
The acquisition would be a welcome addition to the company’s current catalog, which has had found mixed success at the box office this year. John Wick: Chapter 2 exceeded expectations, roughly doubling the revenue of its predecessor. However, Power Rangers failed to hit home with audiences, even under-performing in the worldwide circuit.
When the movie enters production, del Toro will not be back to helm, as the director has passed the torch to Neil Marshall (The Descent), who plans to bring to life a darker representation of the character. Currently slated to debut in theaters in 2018, Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen stars Stranger Things‘ David Harbour and is scheduled to begin shooting this fall.
(via The Hollywood Reporter)
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