– by David Kozlowski

It’s been a pretty busy week in Hellboy news, as the cast has rounded-out, we got a peek at David Harbour in-costume/makeup, we learned that production is underway, and now we’re finally getting word about the release date for this R-rated, horror-superhero film. If you’re a Hellboy fan, it’s like Christmas/Halloween/Thanksgiving all rolled into one… too far? Fair enough. However, as a diehard Hellboy devotee, this has been an awesome ride, and it’s just getting started!

According to CBR, Lionsgate just announced the theatrical release schedule for Hellboy on January 11, 2019. That’s an odd date for blockbuster film, right? It’s not just me? Fan and media expectations were for a 2018 release, so it’s unclear what drove this release date.

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Currently, there are no other major films scheduled for this particular week (although, M. Night Shyamalan’s Split and Unbreakable sequel Glass opens a week later). So, it appears we’ve finally hit the point where blockbusters are released year-round, and it’s likely we’re getting a superhero film every month (at least) going forward.

Thematically, it’s a bloody odd time to release this film. Hellboy is being described as much more gruesome and dark than the previous two films. Honestly, mid-January is simply not a time of year that I pine for horror or superhero films, but I guess that’s just the world we’re living in now.

The other question this release date raises is why the long post-production phase? Most films shoot about 2 pages of script per day (and the average Hollywood script is 120 pages, or 1 page per minute of screentime). That equates to a roughly 2-3 month shooting schedule — obviously this varies wildly, I’m just giving you the shorthand version as I understand it.

If production is now underway, we should expect Hellboy‘s principal photography to end around Thanksgiving… and then it’s more than a year later before it hits theaters? A former co-worker of mine, who now works at ILM, says that this duration of post implies that a LOT of special effects are going into the film. In fact, a year of post-production is actually becoming standard on big-budget, blockbuster films.

Hellboy fans should therefore expect a CG and VFX-heavy film, which isn’t a bad thing. However, we’re clearly not getting a minimalist superhero film on par with either Deadpool or Logan, but rather something more in the Wonder Woman or Thor ballpark.

How do you feel a CG-heavy Hellboy film releasing in January 2019? Let us know in the comments down below!

Hellboy hits theaters in January 11, 2019.

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  • Lenin1959

    Maybe they don’t think of this as a blockbuster and will also make it a pretty low budget movie in hope to win some $$$ without investing 50+ million.

    • Maybe, but the year-long post-production schedule says otherwise. This is going to be a mid-to-big-budget movie with a ton of special effects. Otherwise, this would be a fall 2018 release.


    This is Lionsgate, they mostly make cheaper films, less than $30 million.

  • Atirus

    Fall 2018 would have been ideal! But what do I know? I’m not a rich, dumb ass, film executive.

  • SaiyanHeretic

    Any time of year is fine. It’s not like I only go to see movies in the Summer. The idea that certain times of year are for certain kinds of movies is needlessly self-limiting. How many surprise successes do we need to see in “the off-season” for people to realize that January doesn’t have to be a dumping ground for shitty movies?

David Kozlowski is a writer, podcaster, and visual artist. A U.S. Army veteran, David worked 20 years in the videogame industry and is a graduate of Arizona State University's Film and Media Studies.