“Hellboy” creator Mike Mignola was heavily involved and often alongside filmmaker Guillermo del Toro on the first two film adaptations of the comics. This week, the author has revealed he is stepping back from proceedings with the upcoming reboot.
Speaking with The Verge, he says he’s adopted a more of a hands-off approach on the new films which he’s serving as co-executive producer and penned some drafts of the screenplay:
“I’m a weird kind of co-executive producer. I’m not actually sure what my title is, but unlike the del Toro movies, where I was active in pre-production and design, I’m not doing that this time around.
When the decision was made to do another movie, I got involved, basically saying, ‘If you’re going to do that story, don’t do this, or that, change this, and that.’ I helped to steer it. Christopher Golden and I did write a couple of drafts of the screenplay and got it on track, and then the decision was made to do a reboot.
I really just get questions about how things work, and while I’m not doing a lot, I’ve been talking with the creature-design guy and the makeup guy to get the look of Hellboy and his hand, and things like that.”
The project recently dropped its ‘Rise Of The Blood Queen’ subtitle and is simply going by the name “Hellboy” with plans to begin production later this Fall.