Here’s some good news for fans of “Hellboy”, and bad news for fans of Guillermo del Toro. Despite the director doing a pretty solid job on two cinematic outings for the cult comicbook character, they didn’t make the studios much money. The director himself officially declared a third “Hellboy” movie under him, which would have completed his touted trilogy, to be dead. But now, in a surprise move, the powers that be have resurrected Hellboy from the depths of Development Hell. But under a brand new creative leader.
Today, The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Neil Marshall (The Descent, Game of Thrones) would be helming a reboot of “Hellboy”. Not only that, the movie is said to be an R-rated affair(!), and already has a star for the title role. It is none other than David Harbour, the sheriff in the smash hit Netflix show “Stranger Things”! He takes on the role previously — and brilliantly — played by Ron Perlman.
The “Hellboy” comicbook’s creator Mike Mignola took to Facebook to officially announce Marshall’s involvement…
THR also revealed that the film’s working title is “Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen” and features a script by Andrew Cosby (Eureka), Christopher Golden and Mignola himself.
For those of you not familiar with the character, here’s some info (via Comingsoon): “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 adventures of the character have been chronicled in countless comics including his time with the Bureau, his early years as a young boy, and even the time he spent in hell after dying on Earth.”