Hopefully we’ll be seeing the first trailer for the upcoming “Hellboy” reboot this weekend with the movie set to have a panel at New York Comic Con on Saturday where it’s expected the first footage will premiere.
Speaking with Deadline ahead of that, comics creator Mike Mignola was asked about the film and answered one question on a lot of minds – why bother with a reboot when you could just continue the del Toro narrative? Mignola says it was time for a new take:
“We went back and forth on that. Early on there was some idea of continuing the storyline that del Toro had started but would that be fair to a new director? So, we decided to just start over. Neil [Marshall] is a horror director so the idea then was to a make a darker film. If you are going to use a guy, let him do what he does best.
So, we went through the script taking out the del Toro-isms and in some ways go out of our way to make sure we are doing a different ‘Hellboy’ with its own distinct character [as a project] but still adhering to the comics. While del Toro did a more fanciful version of ‘Hellboy,’ Neil has done a darker, more horror version of ‘Hellboy.’ They both started with the source material but then they each have led it in very different directions.”
So how did it ultimately turn out? According to Mignola, fans of the comic book series should be very excited and indicates this will be closer to the comic than the previous films:
“This is the first time I have been able to say honestly that I was on set and looking at something that looked like it jumped straight out of the comic. I never had that experience on any of the other stuff. There’s one scene in this movie where I was like, ‘Holy f—’ that’s pretty damn close – in the costumes and everything else – to a specific scene in the comics. That was a new experience.”
“Hellboy” opens in cinemas on April 12th 2019.