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Neil Marshall Directing R-rated ‘Hellboy’ Reboot!

There has been talk of a third Hellboy for almost a decade now. In fact, back in February Guillermo del Toro, director of the two films, broke all of our hearts when he said there was a 100% chance Hellboy 3 would never happen. He was right.

In what will be one of the biggest stories of the year, Mike Mignola, creator of the “Hellboy” comics, took to his socials to break the news that they’re rebooting the franchise with Neil Marshall at the helm. The news didn’t stop there as he revealed that David Harbour of “Stranger Things” fame (pictured below) would be starring as the title character! Update: THR had some additional info, including the film’s working title: Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen.

Oh, and it will be “R”-rated!

Marshall is a genre favorite among Bloody Disgusting readers, having broken onto the scene with Dog Soldiers in 2002 and his horrific The Descent back 2005. He’s since gone on to direct Doomsday and episodes of “Hannibal”, “Game of Thrones”, and even “Westworld”.

While David Harbour became a household name as Jim Hopper in Netflix’s “Stranger Things”, he’s also starred in End of Watch, Quantum of Solace, Suicide Squad, among many more.

Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen is being executive produced by Christa Campbell, Lati Grobman, and Carl Hampe.

Ron Perlman starred in the 2004 Hellboy (pictured top) as a demon, raised from infancy after being conjured by and rescued from the Nazis, who grows up to become a defender against the forces of darkness. Perlman and del Toro reteamed in 2008 with Hellboy II: The Golden Army. Together they grossed over $250 million at the box office, an underwhelming number considering the $150 million combined budget, not including marketing costs. A reboot is welcomed, although we’ll always have a special place in our heart for Perlman’s interpretation of the character.


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  • Weresmurf

    I’m……….. ok with this.

    • Rez

      I’m……not sure……good it could be……..

      • Weresmurf

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        • The Drucifer

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          • The Drucifer

            I regret nothing

  • WTF? Del Toro’s films were beautiful – especially the poetic Golden Army and Ron Perlman IS HELLBOY. So basically they say no to Hellboy 3 but yes to a reboot again? Will see it since Hellboy is a great character but sad to see no more of Del Toro’s involvement. Neil Marshall is a great horror director – see the “Descent” – but Doomsday was disappointing.

    • thegreatiandi

      Yeah…Not sure what the hell happened to the second half of Doomsday. It was about as bad as Doomsday in Batman vs Superman lol. Okay…Not that bad…But bad still

  • Creepshow

    Hellboy is better than no Hellboy.

  • Bloodspatta

    Im OK with this but disappointed. Why no third installment for Del Toro but a reboot ??

    • Bill Agans

      It’s dead.

    • Saturn

      It’s dead Dave, everybody is dead, everybody is dead, Dave.

  • David R Shires

    Why a reboot? Should be a continuation with Pelman

    • Bill Agans

      The 3rd one’s dead.

  • BlazinGun5024

    Fuck……..I have mixed feelings. I would love a third with Perlman and Del Toro. Why couldn’t they just try and do this with them? But I guess I’ll give it a chance.

  • die hippie

    Nah I’ll pass. The last two were great. So sick of fucking remake /reboot bs. Del toro needs to finish his storyline. Wtf. How about a petition to have del toros vision finished. Pearlman was made for this role.

    • Bill Agans

      Del Toro already said the 3rd one is 100% dead. It’s not gonna happen.

      • die hippie

        Yes and it’s a godamned shame.

        • Bill Agans

          i agree.

  • Colin Perkins

    Neil Marshall is a grade A director who sadly hasn’t been able to get a big time movie made in a LONG time. If he’s making this I’m in.

  • ScriptGiverrrr
  • Elizabeth

    Perlman and del Toro wanted to go ahead with a third movie but they couldn’t get Mignola on board. I never heard what the problem was but I’m going to take a wild guess and say it was money-related. It’s probably way cheaper to reboot with a cheaper director and cheaper star. And who knows if Mignola was ever really happy with the original movies since they strayed so much from the feel of the comics. I’d rather see a third one too but it is what it is.

    • Isaac Clarke

      Man, he writed the screenplay of the golden army, so the “strayed from the feel of the comics” it’s not the problem here

      • My eyes are fine

        No he didn’t writed it.

        • The Fucked Up

          Design wise the second one was fantastic, but there were just too many things ‘off’ about it. Not sure who is responsible for that, but the things that were off the mark for me were (in no particular order) the humor (a little too silly/goofy compared to the first), too convoluted (movie felt like 3 to 4 hours) and too much throwing the camera around without contributing to the storytelling (just to show how big everything was?). First one had some of those things too but they felt much more balanced.
          Really curious to see what Marshall has up his sleeve.

    • The Drucifer

      Del Toro was going to beat him to the punch. The third movie would have ruined the end of the HELLBOY comics. Mignola was not with that.

  • korbl

    I would guess the reboot will be focused more on the overall actions of BPRD/Hellboy and less on the specific story of Hellboy being a cosmic pawn.

    It will still be a distinct entity from the comics, as Mignola has said he wants each incarnation to be its own thing, hence the differences between Perlman!Hellboy and Comic!Hellboy. I’m hoping this new Hellboy is less blue collar.

  • DBZEROGRAVITY

    I’d rather have Hellboy 3 with Perlman to be honest. I’m sure this will be good but there’s just something unfinished about del Toro’s work. It’s a shame 3 won’t be happening

  • WALKTER

    Nice, I’ve been waiting for another Marshall movie for a while now.

  • Matt

    Del Toro, if push came to shove, I could live without. It’s Pearlman that I’m not so sure about.

  • Wil McMullen

    Finally!!! A reboot to get super excited about, rated R, Neil Marshall & dude from (the awesome!!!) ‘Stranger Things’- I really can’t see this going wrong. I wish for them all the creative freedom to get crazy as shit!!!

  • Chance LeBoeuf

    I don’t get it. So they DO want another Hellboy movie, but just won’t let Del Toro and Pearlman finish the trilogy? They could also still make the third installment R-rated if that was the issue. Wolverine closed out his trilogy with a R rated finale in Logan.

    And yea, good luck filling Pearlan’s shoes in the role. The dude was dead ringer for Hellboy.

  • Dr. Carrion Crow

    I loved the first Hellboy but HATE the second. I remember reading the plot of the third movie was supposed to be Hellboy vs a Nazi archangel. Thst would have been cool, but I’m just happy to see more Hellboy.

    • thegreatiandi

      I thought the second was super cool looking…A lil to light hearted though. Fun none the less. Loved the bad ass prince ( Nomak from Blade 2 ) and his weirdo sister….Most of all…The tons of practical effects.

      I do think it will be weird to have a different guy playing HB. There’s only one Pearlman…That’s for sure.

      • Dr. Carrion Crow

        True, but Harbour has a very similar air about him, though. This is one of those substitutions that works.

    • PsychoMantis18

      Hellboy 1 < Hellboy 2 < Hellboy comics.

      • Dr. Carrion Crow

        Hellboy 2 is not even close to as good as the first.

  • Matthen Key

    Ron Perlman or GTFO.

  • Is this a fucking joke or what??? Let Del Toro make a third one goddammit!

  • James GanjaMan

    I’m very excited about this reboot, there’s quite a few I’m looking forward to.

  • Luca Modica

    hopefully a large enough back lash will kill this stupidity. Hellboy three or fuck off.

  • Will Schuster

    WTF?! I am equally excited and pissed! This is fabulously weird news.

    • runamonk

      Yup it’s emotionally confusing.

  • Will Schuster

    Part 3 and 5 aren’t terrible. Not great by any means but definitely watchable.

  • Harley Mitchel Dirk

    Well hopefully something good comes from this because on the surface it seems to be a waste of the Hellboy licence and Neil Marshall’s talents. At least it gets Marshall away from doing one off episodes of TV shows.

  • Bobby Jones

    I doubt this will come close the original, but I may give it a chance once I see a trailer. Just hope it isn’t a blatant rip off of Del Toro/Perlman’s magic.

    • PsychoMantis18

      Disgusting you didn’t mention Mignola in there as Perlman’s “magic” was just great mimicry of the already existing character.

  • dsxy

    I like Del Toro but he seems to half arsed projects and jumps around every other week. He’s connected to so many projects that just don’t move.

    Hard to imagine anyone else but Perlman as hellboy but Neil Marshall is good so worth giving a chance

    • PsychoMantis18

      Del Toro being a passionate artist isn’t the same as making half-arsed projects. He’s connected to many projects because there is so much he wants to do.

      And if you had the slightest clue as to what you’re on about, you know that Hellboy was very close to Del Toro, and like all his films, he put in a lot of effort.

  • PsychoMantis18

    No, a reboot is not welcome. Especially when a better crew were wanting to finish their trilogy after making two sweet films. And even more so is it not welcome when the source material doesn’t warrant an R, meaning that this film will most likely be produced by those who have little appreciation for the source, meaning why not just make a new fucking film entirely.

    • My eyes are fine

      Not to you, doesnt mean that the Hellboy fans aren’t happy.
      Finally Hellboy done right

      • Redsam6

        Hellboy 2 was done right and it was done with Mignola,
        your eyes are fuckt

        • PsychoMantis18

          Thanks

          • Redsam6

            He’s a tool that knows nothing, hes probably a fucking 10 year old

        • My eyes are fine

          hellboy 2 was mostly awful in my opinion. That drunk scene with abe and Hellboy listening to barry manilow for example. Corniest shit ever.

          • PsychoMantis18

            HELLBOY HAS ALWAYS BEEN CORNY. COMPARE IT TO THE SOURCE AND REALISE YOU ARE NOT A FAN OF IT.

          • My eyes are fine

            Nope. The comics might be many things but corny they are not.

          • PsychoMantis18

            No, you are wrong. Many things Hellboy says fit the definition of corny. Either you don’t see the humour in them or you don’t understand the definition of the word ‘corny’.

          • My eyes are fine

            Alright that aspect, sure.
            But theres cool corny and bad corny. And that Barry Manilow scene is SUPER FUCKING BAD CORNY, and something that would never happen in the comics.

            I’m done arguing with you, I don’t fault you for enjoying the movies, I’m just a fanboy of the comics and was always really displeased with the movies. So another shot at an adaptation is cool news to me.

          • Redsam6

            You clearly have not read the comics

          • My eyes are fine

            Yes I did. It’s my all time favorite comic

        • My eyes are fine

          Hellboy 2 is the reason there’s not going to be a hellboy 3.
          Mignola was by all accounts extremely disappointed by the direction and choices of Del toro. This reboot looks like Mignola trying to change direction with a better position where he has more of a “say” in the project.

          • Redsam6

            Saying Minola was disappointed with the film is an outright lie, your either a troll or an idiot. Mignola was very happy with the film and wanted to do the third one just as much as Del Toro did.

          • My eyes are fine

            No it he didn’t. I’m friends with Mignola on facebook, and met him various times through out the years and is very easy to tell He wasn’t “very happy” with the movies. And that’s one of the reasons he hates when people ask him about hb3.
            Mignola is one of the main reasons the deltoro’s 3rd one isn’t happening

          • Redsam6

            Do you honestly expect anyone on this site to be stupid enough to believe that, you ARE a troll and an idiot and your eye’s are definitely fuck’t https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8d4fca1e7813c6741c52a550a82818dddd53d7cbcb17ddc0d029672eb518c444.png

          • My eyes are fine

            cool.
            Awful taste in art by the way. So emo.

      • PsychoMantis18

        I am a Hellboy fan, far more so of the comics than the films, but this sounds extremely iffy.

    • My eyes are fine

      “little appreciation for the source” That’s hillarious. Del toro grabbed an original and fresh comic and turned it into “Cliché: the movie” taking away most things that made Hellboy the masterpiece of comicdon it is. Not to mention all the corniness he injected, the unwarranted love with Liz and the hellbaby twins ( so fucking dumb).
      This time with Mignola having a hand in the script there’s no doubt it will be a better adaptation of Hellboy for sure.

      • PsychoMantis18

        Mignola having a hand in the script sounds good but you’re not getting what Del Toro did with his Hellboy’s. And something being “fun” is not the same as it being “dumb”.

        And labelling it as a cliche when there is nothing else like it in the comic book movie genre is absurd.

        • My eyes are fine

          What he did with Hellboy, in my opinion, was mix it with men in black, goofy mainstream humor, a corny love story and a bunch of bland design work. Samael from the first movie for example. Looks like a dog-predator mix and it just looks uninspired. Ninja kroenen, the whole hellboy suffering from teen angst plotline. So much crappy stuff.

          • PsychoMantis18

            ‘Men in black, goofy mainstream humor’ – like the comic.

            ‘Corny love story’ – as someone who enjoys corny love stories, pretty sure the Hellboy’s had one of them, the Mignolaverse certainly had a few.

            ‘Bland design work’ – really? You can hate it but ‘Bland’? Del Toro is the king of excess.

            Teen angst? He’s a kid in the body of Demon who wants to be a man.

          • My eyes are fine

            Please enumerate the “corny” love stories in the Mignolaverse.
            Del Toro is cool and all but I find his taste pretty bland sometimes. There’s a bunch of cool designs in both movies no doubt. But others are very cringe worthy.
            The elf prince and princese for example. They look pretty much like some magic the gathering/ generic fantasy designs.

            As for the MIB, the first movie spent a whole bunch of time with the whole secret organization, “hellboy is a secret” angle. Nothing like the comic.

    • My eyes are fine

      Plus the source material is a HORROR comic , not a superhero comic.
      Horror always warrants and R rating.

      • PsychoMantis18

        Hellboy could arguably be labelled a superhero OR horror comic, and ratings should always be irrelevant. Sadly, in this case, the R is clearly being used as a selling point. Not a good start.

        • My eyes are fine

          no.

          • PsychoMantis18

            Is Hellboy extraordinary? Yes

            Does he have superhuman ability? Yes

            Is he a heroic figure? Yes

            (And just for good measure, does he have an idiosyncratic costume/get-up? Yes)

            Is it time for My eyes are fine to quit while he is far behind? Yup

          • My eyes are fine

            Superficially that might be so but Hellboy (the comic) is far from a superhero comic.

  • KSE1977

    Okay, when I heard reboot,I was gonna enter this story and complain, but they have the right rating, director and actor to make a go of it. I will give it a shot.

  • Saturn

    ARGH!
    I don’t know how I feel about this – I feel bad because it’s not completing Del Toro’s trilogy, but I’m also excited that Neil Marshall is doing it!

    Hell, if this is the only way we will get more Hellboy movies, there were much worse choices for director and star.
    So I guess I’m open to it.

  • As a huge fan of the comic book I admit I’m excited about this as I felt after the 2nd film it was clearly becoming a Del Toro type of film (not necessarily a bad thing mind) rather than something more akin to the Mignolaverse – the first film was great and right out of the comic book stories and whilst I enjoyed the 2nd film it could’ve been any fantasy story just with Hellboy tacked on. Perlman was truly brilliant as Hellboy mind and I felt they also nailed Abe and most of the other characters. I do feel conflicted by this that we won’t get to see his arc completed.

    That all said I hope the new films bring the Lovecraft & Gothic horror of Mignola’s stories on the big screen which will hopefully lead to BPRD & other spinoffs.

    Bring it on.

  • Solid Snake The Legend

    Great news Neil is a great director and David is a great choice for Hellboy I’m excited for this film

  • Mehliens

    I really don’t understand how Neil manages to convince people that he is a director. Everything he does is a fucking mess and eye roll inducing unless you expect nothing but a trashy romp.

    • My eyes are fine

      Everyone’s wrong but you, am I right?
      Those fucking fools, they’ll never get your genius .

      • Mehliens

        Then tell me oh wise one what I missed about Marshals skills? Really I’m interested. Up until Dog Soldiers there Marshal had at least the benefit of doubt that he was trying to play in the big league of bad but fun film directors doing a sort of homage but actually persiflage kind of thing. Then everything else happened and you knew he was just a hack. Please rewatch his work and tell me he knows exactly what he is doing. Blackwater is by far the worst directed Game of Thrones episode and GT has a few really bad ones. etc

        • MeeGhoulz

          I found The Descent to be pretty decent!

        • My eyes are fine

          ” I don’t understand how Neil manages to convince people “.
          Just because YOU don’t like him doesn’t mean he has to convince people he’s a director, because: 1- He is one 2- Maybe other people like is work other than you , your highness.

          • Mehliens

            I see you are some sort of comic book intellectual but without the intellect part. You are allowed to suck my ass now.

          • My eyes are fine

            Great retort there point dexter.
            Listen I’m not defending his work, just other’s people right to like it. The way you formulated your argument is cunty. That is all.
            Get well soon!

          • Mehliens

            I never attacked other peoples right to like whatever they want at any point. But that doesn’t change the fact that Marshal hasn’t done anything by himself that would make him look like a solid director, not to mention to be a good choice for your beloved Hellboy franchise. If you want to see that differently that is your prerogative, but prepare to be disappointed badly

          • Chase LeValley

            “I never attacked other peoples right to like whatever they want at any point.”

            Please see all of your comments.

          • Mehliens

            Learn to read twit. Putting the directors skills in question is not the same thing. If you feel attacked by that personally its your problem

        • llcc1103

          “blackwater is by far the worst directed Game of Thrones episode”. you lost all credibility right there. Was “Watchers on the Wall” an awful episode as well. Man that Descent movie was really terrible… You’re talent and eye must be so incredible that you don’t even need to make films.

    • Redsam6

      Are you serious! The Descent is one of the greatest horror movies ever made!

      • Mehliens

        Either your standards are very low or you haven’t seen a lot of horror movies then if you truly think its one of the best

        • Redsam6

          I have seen countless horror films over the past 30 years and actually have very high standards when it comes to them, your description of this film is pretty bad, everything I’ve seen you write on this site shows you know next to nothing about film.

      • ShadowInc

        It’s good, but “greatest horror movies ever made” might be stretching it a bit.

        • uriah369

          Quite a bit.

  • Barringtron

    Cripes. Del Toros’ version is going to be hard to follow up – as is Pearlmans performance as Hellboy. But It’ll be interesting to see what Marshall and Harbour do with things….

  • ShadowInc

    I had to check my calendar to see if it was April 1st.

  • sliceanddice

    say whaaaaaat?

  • Creepshow

    No Hellraiser is better than Hellraiser.

    • thegreatiandi

      Doesn’t that just suck??

      • Creepshow

        If one thoroughly enjoys Hellraiser, then yes.

  • RJ MacReady

    Seems weird to be rebooting a movie franchise that is what…12 years old? Which is an excellent one as well.
    Was hoping for a Hellboy 3 but who knows. Maybe this will work, but Del Toro’s will be hard to beat.

  • Rick-Taylor

    I am hoping they are pulling a sort of “Blair Witch” switch by saying all of this hype is for a different Hellboy, yet it turns out to be the third film in the series.

  • Ian Tracy

    No a reboot is not freaking welcome! Give is the #3 we deserve.

  • Jada Maes

    I’ll give it a shot, but I really can’t see anyone else nailing both the physicality and emotion that one Master Ron Perlman showed. That said, something closer to the comics would be interesting. We’ll see.

  • jurgmandr

    I am totally ok with this since perlman is damn near 70. It’ll be hard to top his portrayal of Hellboy though. I’m hoping Marshall plays this one out as more of a straight horror film/monster movie instead of trying to ape Del Toro.

  • KennyThaKilla

    This really should have happened after a 3rd and final film to complete the trilogy. Perlman wanted it, del Toro wanted it, and the fans wanted it. Lots of disrespect being shoveled around for the two guys who did the character justice. Harbour is a good actor in his own right, but Perlman made that character and those are going to be some big shoes to fill. Can’t wait to hear Perlman’s reaction to all this, since he’s been campaigning pretty hard for a third film for several years now.

    • My eyes are fine

      “did the character justice” – The creator of Hellboy seems to disagree

      • KennyThaKilla

        And yet two beloved movies remain.

  • Redsam6

    Yes that’s right, if you knew anything about film at all you’d know most horrors are bad, fun and can be cool to watch but bad The Descent is definitely one of the best in the overall world of horror.

    • Mehliens

      Lol. Sure. Or your standards are low to non existent and you have not the slightest clue of what good director is and how to tell if his films are worth anything. But hey it’s your taste I don’t give a fuck about your delusions

      • Redsam6

        I refuse to argue any longer with an idiot or a child whichever you are, bye bye.

        • Mehliens

          Haha suit yourself you brainless twit. Good riddance

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