Yesterday came word that from author Mike Mignola that the “Hellboy” franchise is being revived – albeit without director Guillermo del Toro and actor Ron Perlman.
The plan is for an R-rated reboot which Neil Marshall (“The Descent,” “Game of Thrones”) will direct and in which “Stranger Things” actor David Harbour will star as the titular red occult detective.
THR now adds that Millennium is in negotiations to handle the project with Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin to serve as producers. Also, the film’s working title is “Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen” and will boast a script by Andrew Cosb, Christopher Golden and Mignola.
The Del Toro films, especially the second, were well-regarded but criticised for not being particularly loyal adaptations of the material (especially the second). Said material was decidedly darker, weirder and even more eccentric than the films. Both previous films were rated PG-13 and pulled in a total of $260 million worldwide from a combined budget of $151 million.