Although Hellboy creator Mike Mignola took an active role in Guillermo del Toro's film adaptations of his popular comic book character, that doesn't seem to be the case for the upcoming reboot. In an interview with The Verge, Mignola admitted that, while he was more involved with the early stages of the movie's development, he's mostly taken a hands-off role since then.
"I'm a weird kind of co-executive producer," Mignola said. "I'm not actually sure what my title is, but unlike the del Toro movies, where I was active in pre-production and design, I'm not doing that this time around. When the decision was made to do another movie, I got involved, basically saying, 'If you're going to do that story, don't do this, or that, change this, and that.' I helped to steer it. Christopher Golden and I did write a couple of drafts of the screenplay and got it on track, and then the decision was made to do a reboot. I really just get questions about how things work, and while I'm not doing a lot, I've been talking with the creature-design guy and the makeup guy to get the look of Hellboy and his hand, and things like that."
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 will begin principal photography this fall.