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A new Hellboy movie is in development with Brian Taylor directing from a script by Mike Mignola and Chris Golden

We never got the final part of Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy trilogy. Then we had the reboot in 2019 that starred David Harbour in the titular role. That one didn’t really work. The main issue I had with it was the fact it was just stuffed with so many storylines and characters that it all felt too chaotic. It was almost like the fifth or sixth film in a series. Hellboy always worked best in the comics when he was just off investigating strangeness and getting into fistfights with monsters. Hellboy creator Mike Mignola would sow little seeds here and there that would build into a huge story.

It seems like we may actually be getting that kind of thing as Millennium Media has revealed plot and production details about its upcoming Hellboy reboot at the EFM in Berlin.

Deadline had the news that Brian Taylor (Crank) will be directing the new film, Hellboy: The Crooked Man, with production starting next month in Bulgaria. There is no word on the cast at the moment. Best of all is the fact that Mike Mignola has written the script alongside his Dark Horse comics collaborator Chris Golden. The story will “expand Hellboy’s world through one of the most beloved issues of the comic series.”

The Eisner Award-winning mini-series The Crooked Man, by Mignola and Richard Corben, teamed Hellboy with a wandering hillman in a devilish tale of Appalachian witchcraft.

The new film seems to tread the same tale with a few additions. Itwill see Hellboy and a rookie BPRD agent stranded in 1950s rural Appalachia. There, they discover a small community haunted by witches, led by a local devil with a troubling connection to Hellboy’s past: the Crooked Man.

I for one am excited for more Hellboy on the big screen.

There is so much potential in the Hellboy universe. If they take their time and have a couple of films with Hellboy and slowly introduce members of the BPRD they could eventually build up to Hellboy going off and doing his own thing while the BPRD encounter the Plague of Frogs and Hell on Earth. Plus you could keep having stand-alone type films from different time periods featuring Hellboy or other characters.

“The Crooked Man is a departure from all previous Hellboy films where Mike Mignola and the creator of the comics will finally shepherd an authentic version of his stories and characters in film form,” said Millennium Media’s President Jeffrey Greenstein. “This is the first in the series of films that will captivate audiences in familiar (and new) ways. Brian Taylor is an expert across the board, and I couldn’t think of a better person to bring this story to life to show our audience this different and original Hellboy slate of films.”

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