Earlier this year we finally said goodbye to any hope of seeing the third chapter in Guillermo Del Toro’s Hellboy trilogy. After years of development and near misses, Del Toro declared the project was officially dead. While it was a given that we would get a Hellboy reboot at some stage, nobody thought we’d get one so soon.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Descent and regular Game of Thrones director Neil Marshall is already onboard to direct the Hellboy reboot with Stranger Things star David Harbour as Big Red. Under the current title of Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen, the new take on the comic book will be a more gruesome affair and is gunning for an R-rating. Writer Andrew Cosby recently sat down with Silver Screen Beat and teased a few details about the reboot.
“I can’t really talk about specifics with regard to the story, which they’re keeping a pretty tight lid on at the moment, but I can say that this is a darker, more gruesome version of Hellboy. Neil said from the very beginning that he wanted to walk a razor’s edge between horror and comic book movie, which was music to my ears, because that’s what I was shooting for in the script, and precisely what Mignola does so well with the comics.”
The new take on Hellboy might sound closer to the comics created by Mike Mignola’s, but it is a hard thing to come to terms with a Hellboy that isn’t powered by Del Toro and actor Ron Perlman.