Neil Marshall’s Hellboy is going to be very different from Guillermo del Toro’s, rebooting the franchise with plans on targeting an “R” rating.
An unconfirmed source, Splash Report, is sharing script details including that the new Hellboy “will indeed be Rated R and will be a darker horror story than the lighter tone from the previous del Toro films, as you get to see a lot of cool actions scenes that include severed heads.”
“There are some creatures of darkness,” their source adds, “one creature has giant tentacles which wraps themselves around the London Bridge, hence why the film will be filmed in London.”
In addition, the site says we’ll see the B.P.R.D. HEADQUARTERS, which is on a snow-capped mountainside, as well as arcane artifacts: cryptid skeletons, freakish things encased in formaldehyde, period weapons.
The members of the B.P.R.D. feature include:
-Alice Monaghan: She can hear dead people. She will also use the Spirit Wrack.
-Major Ben Daimio: rugged military type with cold, calculating eyes, close-cropped hair and three jagged scars raked across his grizzled face. Has a cool transformation, which I can not spoil.
Other characters include:
Gruagach, a fairy creature that looks like a pig and is a vengeful adversary of Hellboy. He blames Hellboy for his current state and wants revenge.
Baba Yaga the witch.
Fans will also get to see the symbol of a hand holding a sword, with the words: IN ABSENTIA LUCI, TENEBRAE VINCIUNT.
Lastly, Hellboy allegedly leaves it wide up for a sequel as you get to see who Hellboy is going after next.
The Descent, Centurion, and Dog Soldiers Director Neil Marshall is behind the camera on the new incarnation that will feature “Stranger Things” star David Harbour in the title role. Resident Evil‘s Milla Jovovich was just announced to play the film’s villain, the elusive Blood Queen. Ian McShane is set to play Professor Broom.
Aron Coleite is working on the latest draft of a script by Andrew Cosby, Christopher Golden and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola. Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin and Mike Richardson are the producers. Hellboy is being executive produced by Christa Campbell, Lati Grobman, and Carl Hampe.
Shooting should begin as early as next month.