Further details about the upcoming reboot of the “Hellboy” film franchise continue to come to light and it seems the project is further along than many expected.
We know that Neil Marshall is set to direct, that “Stranger Things” actor David Harbour will play titular hero, that Millennium Films is currently in negotiations with producers Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin to produce, and that comic creator Mike Mignola co-wrote the script with Andrew Cosby and Christopher Golden.
Now Cosby, speaking with Silver Screen Beat, has talked about the project titled “Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen” and revealed that the script is already done. He also confirms, as expected, that this will be a darker vision for the character and one much more in line with Mignola’s original comics than Guillermo del Toro’s more colourful, bright and fairytale-style take on the material:
“I can’t really talk about specifics with regard to the story, which they’re keeping a pretty tight lid on at the moment, but I can say that this is a darker, more gruesome version of Hellboy.
Neil said from the very beginning that he wanted to walk a razor’s edge between horror and comic book movie, which was music to my ears because that’s what I was shooting for in the script, and precisely what Mignola does so well with the comics.
Honestly, everyone has just been working overtime to bring that Mignola magic to the big screen. The script is done, but work will continue as we move forward, always trying to make it the best it can be.”
The original comic has served as a launching pad for other characters and stories within what’s dubbed the ‘Mignola-verse’ which has built up a rich mythology over the past twenty-four years since the first “Hellboy” comic debuted.