By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)
For years, fans have wanted Guillermo del Toro to complete his Hellboy trilogy. The director gave it one final go to get made, talked to all parties, and reported back that Hellboy 3 was 100% not going to happen.
Taking to Facebook, Hellboy creator Mike Mignola revealed that a reboot for the film is underway with Game of Thrones/Westworld director Neil Marshall helming and Stranger Things’ David Harbour taking on the starring role of the demon. Here’s what he posted on the platform:
“Okay, here’s some news–
There IS going to be another HELLBOY MOVIE.
It’s going to be an R rated reboot directed by Neil Marshall (The Descent, Game Of Thrones) and staring David Harbour (Stranger Things) as Hellboy.
More news to come soon– “
I am… pretty ok with this. I would loved to have seen where del Toro was taking his third Hellboy film, but the choice of director for this reboot sounds fantastic. Plus, it will be R-rated, and Harbour has the perfect look for the character.
The Hollywood Reporter got its hands on some more info, reporting that the title of the movie will be Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen, and will be penned by Andrew Cosby, Christopher Golden, and Mike Mignola.
Finally, screenwriter Andrew Cosby revealed that the film would be darker than the del Toro films, released in 2004 and 2008 between two different studios. Here’s what he said an interview with Silver Screen Beat:
“I can’t really talk about specifics with regard to the story, which they’re keeping a pretty tight lid on at the moment, but I can say that this is a darker, more gruesome version of Hellboy. Neil said from the very beginning that he wanted to walk a razor’s edge between horror and comic book movie, which was music to my ears, because that’s what I was shooting for in the script, and precisely what Mignola does so well with the comics.”
There’s a lot to unpack here in regards to the timeline. Getting the rights together along with a creative team takes at least a few weeks, if not months, which places the inception of Rise of the Blood Queen within spitting distance of del Toro’s final attempt at bring his third installment to the screen this past February. When the director said that there was 100% no way of his movie being made, it could be that when he sat down to have that meeting, they told him that they were already going in another direction. In all probability, that was the final nail in del Toro’s Hellboy 3’s coffin.
But at least we’re getting more Hellboy.
Check out IGN’s look at what Hellboy 3 might have been.