The upcoming Hellboy reboot will be darker and more gruesome than the previous films, says the movie’s screenwriter. Earlier this week, Hellboy creator Mike Mignola shocked fans when he announced that a new movie was on the way, though it wasn’t quite what people were expecting. Hellboy fans have been clamoring for a third and final installment in Guillermo del Toro’s series, which starred Ron Perlman as the eponymous character, for years now, and they have yet to see their wishes fulfilled.
After some back and forth with everyone involved in the series, earlier this year, del Toro finally said that a third Hellboy movie simply isn’t in the cards, but that didn’t mean audiences were done with the character forever. Game of Thrones director Neil Marshall will be helming an R-rated reboot of the franchise based on a screenplay from Mignola, Andrew Cosby, and Christopher Golden, which will see Stranger Things‘ David Harbour taking over for Perlman as Brother Red.
Aside from who’s involved with the project, there is still a lot we don’t know about Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen. However, screenwriter Andrew Cosby said in an interview with Silver Screen Beat that the reboot will be “darker” and “more gruesome” than del Toro’s films:
“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.”
The film’s R rating will certainly permit the filmmakers to take the character in a darker direction than del Toro had previously done — and they can do so with confidence. There has been a recent surge in successful, R-rated comic book films, such as Deadpool, Logan, and Kingsman, which makes this the opportune time for the reboot. Of course, a reboot also means there is zero chance of del Toro’s third film ever seeing the light of day.
While del Toro was undoubtedly successful in establishing a cult following behind the Hellboy series, his two installments weren’t successful enough to convince Universal to move forward with a third movie, thus leaving the franchise in limbo for almost a decade. Perlman has continually stated that he felt “obligated” to finish the trilogy — for the fans — and del Toro has publicly said that if Pacific Rim 2 were to be successful, then perhaps they could finally make Hellboy 3. Unfortunately, that will never happen, but that doesn’t mean this new film can’t spawn a trilogy of its own.
Source: Silver Screen Beat