The good news is, Hollywood is finally moving forward with plans for another Hellboy movie; the bad news is, it’s probably not the one you were hoping for.
In 2004 director Guillermo Del Toro created the original Hellboy movie, starring Ron Perlman in a red suit. It became a box office hit and one of the early success stories in the modern superhero movie wave. Its 2008 sequel was less financially lucrative, but both movies became cult classics and its fans waited eagerly for the third movie in what would surely be a trilogy. And they waited, and they waited…
Nine years have passed since Hellboy II, and production company Millennium has finally said “forget it” and is making plans to reboot Hellboy altogether. Instead of Del Toro, this new take will be directed by Neil Marshall (who brought us The Descent and several Game of Thrones episodes) and David Harbour, the cop from Stranger Things, will play the titular demon (though unlike Perlman, probably not on screen).
There’s more: in the wake of Deadpool, they want to make this an R-rated movie. The move made sense for Deadpool, and maybe for Wolverine, but Hellboy? The only real way to make his universe R-worthy would be to throw in some unnecessary hard swearing and human guts, or make it “grimdark,” both of which aren’t characteristic of the series. Del Toro’s directing held pretty close to the actual comics’ feel (except for Hellboy and a human woman having a relationship); this may go in a different direction, even though series creator Mike Mignolia will be involved.
The rebooted Hellboy movie will be subtitled Rise Of The Blood Queen and the script is being worked out right now. It currently has no release date.