Last night, it was announced by Hellboy creator/comic-book writer & artist Mike Mignola on his Facebook page that we have an all-new version of Hellboy to look forward to in the near future. So all-new that Ron Perlman and Guillermo Del Toro, who played Hellboy and who directed and co-wrote both Hellboy and Hellboy 2: The Golden Army would not be involved in this film. Because this upcoming Hellboy film is a, you guessed it…
According to Mignola on his Facebook page:
Neil Marshall, the horror director who broke out with The Descent and won raves for his work on Game of Thrones, is in talks to direct the project, which has a working title of Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen and has a script by Andrew Cosby, Christopher Golden and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola.
Del Toro is not involved, nor is Ron Perlman, the actor who inhabited the red-skinned, cigar-chomping devil in the two previous installments.
Rather, David Harbour, the Stranger Things star, is in talks to play Hellboy.
If a deal is made, Millennium would become the third company to make a Hellboy movie in as many releases.
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.
Del Toro co-wrote and directed the first adaptation, which was made by Revolution Studios and released by Sony in 2004. The movie made $60 million domestically (another $40 million internationally, asterisked by the fact that this was the era before international box-office dominated performance) on a budget of $66 million.
The second movie was made by Universal with the same team — del Toro and Perlman — but its box-office mojo was cut short when The Dark Knight, directed by Christopher Nolan and featuring Heath Ledger as the Joker, opened six days later.
Even Harbour hinted at this recent news with this particular tweet:
For those who are fans of the Hellboy films, or just fans of Ron Perlman and Guillermo Del Toro, the news of this reboot comes as a bit of a heartbreaker. Especially considering how just recently, Del Toro announced on his Twitter page back in February that his desire to direct Hellboy 3 and bring it to life so he could complete his trilogy was not going to become a reality after all. (It also didn’t help that Del Toro was reportedly asking for a substantially large budget in order to make Hellboy 3 and considering that the first two films were only modest successes at the box office, the Powers That Be clearly thought it would be a better idea to just start fresh and start cheaper.) Granted, neither Harbour nor Marshall should be looked at by fandom as if they bring nothing to this particular table (after seeing Doomsday, I would’ve been fine with Marshall staying in the director’s chair for the Escape From New York remake before Robert Rodriguez took over, and if you watched every episode of Stranger Things, then you know how good of an actor Harbour is, so no explanation necessary), but much like how there are people out there who still refuse to accept anyone else playing Batman and Superman other than Michael Keaton (which is something you need to accept, as Keaton wasn’t even the best Batman or Bruce Wayne. And I say that as someone who liked him as Batman) and Christopher Reeve (Rest In Peace), it will definitely take some time to accept that Clay Morrow himself will no longer be toting the Right Hand Of Doom, and that Guillermo Del Toro will no longer be the one using his vast and twisted imagination to help guide him.
On the plus side, Ron Perlman received many words of support once the news broke, which he acknowledged on his Twitter page:
Gettin alotta twitter love 2nite. Feelin it. Diggin it.— Ron Perlman (@perlmutations) May 9, 2017
Much obliged, you, the faithful…
Including a few from Guillermo Del Toro himself:
I LOVE you too Perl- https://t.co/94ljKRb6VI— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) May 9, 2017
(Let’s ignore the typo/possible Freudian slip and accept that he clearly meant ‘brother.’)
Me too little bother. Together through life… https://t.co/ykKfqbSsZg— Ron Perlman (@perlmutations) May 9, 2017
Now all we can do is wait and see how this new version of Hellboy turns out. Until then, we’ll always have this: