Hellboy may be coming back to the big screen, but it’s going to be without director Guillermo del Toro and star Ron Perlman. A Hellboy reboot is in the works from director Neil Marshall (The Descent, Game of Thrones), with David Harbour (Stranger Things) as big red. The project’s working title is Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen, from a script by Andrew Cosby, Christopher Golden, and character creator Mike Mignola. The project is purportedly going to be R-rated.
Back in late February, del Toro said Hellboy 3 wasn’t happening. It seemed like there was a falling out between del Toro and Mignola, the fissures showing in a semi-public way. As much as I loved Hellboy II: The Golden Army, it felt like Mignola characters being taken through a very del Toro world. Mignola may have wanted more creative control of his creation.
While it’s a bummer that del Toro and Perlman won’t be around for this, I’m okay with a new direction and a new look and feel. Let’s just hope it turns out all right and isn’t just a pipe dream for several years like Hellboy 3.[via THR]