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Neil Marshall is set to direct an R-rated Hellboy reboot


I have always loved Mike Mignola’s Hellboy. A superb comic book creation and a brilliant character. I adored Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy movies, even though they did go their own way with the cast of characters, and Ron Perlman was incredible casting. Doug Jones as Abe Sapien was also a brilliant choice.

Those films were set up for a third to complete the trilogy. Guillermo and Ron always mentioned the possibility, but due to Del Toro wanting a bigger budget it always looked unlikely. I talked about what could possibly have happened in the third film in the podcast, After The Ending, I do with Mike Spring.

It now seems it definitely won’t be happening as Mike Mignola has shared the news that an R rated reboot is heading our way. Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers, The Descent, Game of Thrones) is going to direct and David Harbour (Stranger Things) will be Hellboy.

The film’s working title is Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen and has a script by Andrew Cosby (Eureka), Christopher Golden and Mignola.

David Harbour

First appearing in comics in 1993, Hellboy is a demon summoned from Hell by the Nazi occultists near the end of World War II. Raised by Professor Trevor Bruttenholm of Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, Hellboy went on to be billed as “The World’s greatest occult detective.”

The first Hellboy movie was out in 2004. Produced on a $66 million budget it earned $99 million worldwide. Hellboy II: The Golden Army was out in July 2008 on a budget of $85 million and earned $160.3 million. Millennium is in negotiations with producers Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin.

I do feel split about the whole thing. Ron Perlman was Hellboy, but I could see David Harbour doing great things in the role as well. Hellboy does like a bit of “coffee and contemplation!” Then I would have loved to see the ending of Del Toro’s trilogy, yet the thought of an R rated Hellboy does sound good. A proper scary, creepy Hellboy movie would be wonderful.

How do you feel about the news? Should they just have Hellboy in the new film or have other members of the BPRD helping him?

Share your thoughts in the comments below.


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