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‘Hellboy’ Reboot Will Be a “Dark” and “Gruesome” Horror Movie

There’s been a lot of Hellboy news this week. Let’s quickly recap.

Neil Marshall, the director of Dog SoldiersThe Descent and Centurion, is attached to direct Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen, a reboot of the Hellboy saga that’s set to star David Harbour (“Stranger Things”) as the title character. Guillermo del Toro and Ron Perlman are not involved in the film, nor will it have anything to do with the two films they made together. The Millennium Films project has already been scripted by Andrew Cosby, Christopher Golden, and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, and the plan is to bring it to the screen with an R rating.

Get it? Got it? Good.

Speaking with Silver Screen Beat, Christopher Golden just dug a bit deeper into what we can expect from the tone of the reboot, noting that it’s going to be darker than del Toro’s vision:

[This] is a darker, more gruesome version of Hellboy. Neil said from the very beginning that he wanted to walk a razor’s edge between horror and comic book movie, which was music to my ears, because that’s what I was shooting for in the script, and precisely what Mignola does so well with the comics.

The script is done, but work will continue as we move forward, always trying to make it the best it can be.

The project seems to be on the fast track, possibly filming as early as this year.



  • Jack Derwent

    No Guillermo, no interest.

  • Jada Maes

    Much as I love Del Toro and Perlman, this is still piquing my interest. If we’re talking dark and weird and if Lobster Johnson shows up, I’m down.

  • carlos.filipe

    what was the last great horror movie done by Del Toro… Devil’s Backbone perhaps, really good, but then… Pans Labyrinth, with one of the most disturbings scenes ever, in that demons dinner table, but it was not a horror movie. and then you can clearly see that he does not goes for horror, just visual spectacle, Crimson Peak was a major letdown in horror, nothin there… i never new that hellboy comic was anything related to horror, even though i love horror comics, but if it really is… then i will forget about the first 2 in a heart beat… bring the horror, bring the gore…

  • Sarigar

    They’re saying all the right things, I look forward to what they deliver.

  • KSE1977

    This may be the only way to successfully achieve making this work. Don’t try to replicate what has been done. Same with good cover songs, always make this your own work, don’t try and recreate what has been done, do not forget the Psycho shot for shot remake.

  • Ima Badlady

    If Kroenen returns, i wonder if they will restore him to his original scientist persona.

  • Alex Harbie

    Finally!!! R rated, as it should be. I thought Hellboy could of used some of that to make it better in it’s earlier renditions. Looking forward to this.

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