“Hellboy” creator Mike Mignola took to Facebook on Monday night to post some surprising news. Not only is there going to be a new Hellboy movie, but it’s going to be an R-rated reboot. The new film’s working title is Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen and already has a script by Andrew Cosby, Christopher Golden, and Mignola.
Along with the reboot news, Mignola also announced that Stranger Things star David Harbour will play Hellboy, and Neil Marshall is set to direct. Marshall hasn’t directed a film in a few years, but his work on Game of Thrones episodes “Blackwater” and “The Watchers on the Wall” have earned a lot of critical praise, along with an Emmy nomination for the latter. He is currently developing a new script for the reboot with Aron Coleite, who previously worked on Heroes and the new Star Trek: Discovery series.
The news probably came as a surprise to Hellboy and Hellboy II director Guillermo del Toro, who has been trying to get a third film made for years. In January, del Toro tweeted that he was going to have a “sit down” with (now former) Hellboy actor Ron Perlman and Mignola to discuss completing the trilogy. The results were less than positive, with del Toro stating, “Must report that 100% the sequel will not happen. And that is to be the final thing about it.” That may have been the “final thing” about the sequel, but Mike Mignola responded with “No GDT Hellboy 3 does not mean there is no future to the Hellboy franchise…” and it looks like this is what he was referring to.