Mike Mignola, the creator of “Hellboy” and co-writer of the upcoming reboot of the film franchise based on the Dark Horse comics title, has revealed that originally the plan was to complete a trilogy after all – even after previous director Guillermo del Toro exited.
Speaking with Nerdist, Mignola said the initial plan was to keep the continuity of the two previous films in “Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen,” but once director Neil Marshall came onboard they decided to start from scratch:
“We originally started trying to tie it to the del Toro universe and continue those movies. But once we had Neil Marshall, we thought, ‘Why are we going to try and continue that universe?’
Because a del Toro movie is a del Toro movie, and you don’t want to try and hand a del Toro movie to someone else. Especially someone as great as Neil Marshall. So that’s when it went from being this continuation to being a reboot. It’s exciting to have another director. It’s exciting to take another path, to take that material and give it another leaning.”
Mignola also discussed how actor David Harbour is already getting into the role pf Hellboy himself:
“[David] is super excited about being Hellboy and he wants to make sure he gets it right. He’s texting me Hellboy questions about his history, about what the character would think about this or about that. It’s really exciting to be back and see this thing come together.”
Lionsgate is in final talks to distribute the new film which Andrew Cosby and Christopher Golden co-wrote. Mike Richardson, Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin are producing.