Last year came the surprise announcement that “Hellboy” was being rebooted for the big screen, with the film seemingly coming out of nowhere and was being pulled together incredibly fast.
“Hellboy” creator Mike Mignola, however, says work had been proceeding slowly for years until things suddenly jumped into gear. Speaking with Multiversity Comics, he revealed new details on how thing went down behind-the-scenes:
‘It’s been in the planning stages for more than three years. I have been involved in various stages along the way It’s a very bizarre one because at some point I brought Chris [Golden] in because our regular writer was kind of going in circles, so Chris and I took a stab at it. I don’t want to write this stuff, but Chris and I would work together and we’d talk about it on the phone and he would write it up, and we would bang specifics back and forth.
So Chris got involved for a little while, then he had other things he had to do, so it went back to the other writer, and then another writer came in eventually, and I assumed it was never gonna happen. It would get almost done – when Chris and I were working on it everyone was like, “Yes! Now! We’re really happy. It’s great. This is what we want to do,” and then suddenly, “Why don’t we make it a reboot?”
Once it became a reboot, at first we thought we’d just take out the little details that pertain to the del Toro stuff. But once you start doing that then the whole thing starts coming apart, and then you start putting it together differently, and I just thought it would never end.
Then when Millennium Films agreed to make the movie, suddenly it went from, “This is never going to happen” to “Oh, we’re making it tomorrow.” That’s been crazy. That’s a big thing for . It’s gone from this thing that you kind of don’t pay attention to to “Oh s–t, we suddenly gotta cast a movie because it’s starting to film in two months.”
Speaking about his involvement, he confirms he was actively involved in the project answering questions almost every day – especially during the early filming stages with shooting in the UK and Bulgaria.
The “Hellboy” film is currently slated for a January 2019 release.