The story of the year broke late last night as “Hellboy” creator Mike Mignola announced that Neil Marshall would be directing an “R”-rated reboot of the franchise, which would star “Stranger Things'” David Harbour as the title character.
THR had some additional info, including the film’s working title: Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen.
Also, Millennium Films – who produced Texas Chainsaw 3D and Leatherface, the Texas Chain Saw Massacre prequel, as well as the Day of the Dead remake – is in negotiations to take on the project. The screenplay is allegedly done and was penned by Andrew Cosby, Christopher Golden, and Mignola.
It is also confirmed that Guillermo del Toro is not involved, nor is Ron Perlman, the actor who inhabited the red-skinned, cigar-chomping devil in the two previous installments.
“Hellboy” was created in 1993 by Mignola and became an indie comic hit as it told of a demon, raised by a professor, working to fight supernatural evildoers for an organization called Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense.
Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen is being executive produced by Christa Campbell, Lati Grobman, and Carl Hampe.