After years of waiting and clamoring we finally have news of a new Hellboy movie moving forward. There’s just one catch: neither Guillermo del Toro or Ron Perlman are involved with it.
That’s right, the creative talent behind the delightful and imaginative two films is out after years of trying get the pieces together for one more ride to complete the story that begun in 2004’s Hellboy and its sequel from 2008 Hellboy II: The Golden Army.
Neil Marshall, the director of the cult horror-comedy Dog Soldiers, the beyond excellent horror The Descent, and some of the most acclaimed episodes of Game of Thrones is attached to this new project, so things couldn’t possibly be more good news/bad news in this case.
The news was broke by Hellboy creator himself, Mike Mignola who posted on announcement on his Facebook page, adding that David Harbour, who co-stars in Stranger Things, will play the titular antihero and that the movie will be R-rated.
Mignola and del Toro who became friends had a fallout during the production of The Golden Army. Nevertheless the director kept trying to make a new film and early this year he gave fans some hope when after a Twitter campaign he and Perlman announced they were going to sit down to discuss the project. Needless to say it all fell through and del Toro announced shortly that Hellboy III wasn’t happening.
The new film tentatively titled Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen will be developed by Millennium Films with Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin producing along with Mike Richardson from Dark Horse Entertainment. Mignola, Andrew Cosby and Christopher Golden are writing the script.
Like many people I have mixed feelings about this. Sure we wanted more Hellboy, but we also wanted a continuation rather than a reboot. I guess it all comes down to whether Marshall and company will show the property the same love and dedication that del Toro and Perlman did.