The Hellboy reboot has dropped its Blood Queen subtitle, and now it has a "new" title. Bloody Disgusting was able to confirm that Neil Marshall's reboot will simply be titled Hellboy, as rumored last week. No reason was given for the title change as the movie's momentum starts to grow, with principal photography set to start this fall.
Resident Evil star Milla Jovovich is reportedly in final talks to play the film's villain opposite Stranger Things' David Harbour as the lead. Though the film dropped her name from the title, Jovovich is slated to play the Blood Queen, which means the character will remain involved in the plot. Veteran actor Ian McShane has also been cast as Hellboy's adoptive father Professor Broom. Aron Coleite is working on the latest draft of a script by Andrew Cosby, Christopher Golden and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, who recently indicated that he hopes the R-rated reboot will be start of a cinematic universe for the character.
"You want to sell a larger world, but you have to pick and choose what goes in there. The challenge for us has been to not lose sight of the specific story, but suggest the elements of a larger story," Mignola explained in the earlier interview. "My hope is that this introduces a lot of stuff that then expands into a Hellboy Cinematic Universe."
Debuting in theaters in 2018, Hellboy will be directed by Neil Marshall and star David Harbour as Hellboy and Ian McShane as Trevor Bruttenholm, Hellboy's adoptive father and a prominent member of the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense. The film does not yet have a release date.