The Internet has been buzzing over the last few days regarding the Hellboy reboot. Mike Mignola’s gothic-folklore-antihero creation has been around since the early 90s, when Mignola was just a freelance illustrator working in the trenches of the comics industry, an inker and penciller for DC and Marvel. He created Hellboy for Dark Horse comics in 1994, as a creator-owned project, and it all took off from there.
Mignola wrote the screenplays for both Hellboy films, which were directed by Guillermo del Toro and starred Ron Perlman (in the title role). The films were only moderately successful at the box office, however, which ultimately killed the chances of a third film at Sony.
So it was quite the surprise to learn that Millennium Films is negotiating to reboot and relaunch the franchise with a new director and star. SilverScreenBeat caught up with screenwriter Andrew Cosby, who is penning the new film with Mignola and Christopher Golden, to learn a little about their vision for an R-Rated Hellboy:
“I canâ€™t really talk about specifics with regard to the story, which theyâ€™re keeping a pretty tight lid on at the moment, but I can say that this is a darker, more gruesome version of Hellboy.â€
This is great news for fans, as the early Mignola stories were very much violent, bloody epics involving Nazis, the occult, and some very, very dark folklore. There was hardly a scene in those comics that didn’t depict Hellboy as either bleeding profusely or actively impaling some Lovecraftian nightmare with a spear, a sword, or whatever other sharp implement was handy.
Cosby continued, explaining the tone and concepts they want to achieve:
“[Director Neil Marshall] said from the very beginning that he wanted to walk a razorâ€™s edge between horror and comic book movie, which was music to my ears, because thatâ€™s what I was shooting for in the script, and precisely what Mignola does so well with the comics.”
The concept of an R-Rated, horror-focused, Hellboy film is incredibly exciting — we should all thank Deadpool and Logan for kicking this door wide open! If you want to get a sense of the possibilities, check out any of Mignola’s early Hellboy books (Conquerer Worm, Wake the Devil, The Right Hand of Doom), which are all masterpieces of storytelling and illustration.
All of this news regarding the Hellboy character all seems to be coming at quite the fast pace, but you may all be wondering how soon this could all come together. While this is by no means gospel, Borys Kit, who writes for THR, shared the following tweet:
While this seems pretty fast for Hollywood, the fact is that when something is hot, they can make things happen as fast as they want, and right now, Hellboy and David Harbour both seem to be red hot. We’ll be keeping an eye on this as it develops.
What’s your favorite Hellboy story and what are you hoping to see realized on screen? Let us know in the comments down below!
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