Hellboy star David Harbour says the reboot will be following a particular strain of comic book movies – such as Logan and Deadpool – and be staying away from traditional popcorn flicks. Following the release of Blade II, Guillermo del Toro decided to shepherd his own comic book movie series – and that resulted in 2004’s Hellboy, starring Ron Perlman as the eponymous character. A sequel released in 2008, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, but it wasn’t as successful as the studio hoped. Therefore, a third film never saw the light of day.
Even though fans clamored for Hellboy III for almost a decade, del Toro and Perlman couldn’t find a way to make it work. Instead, audiences will be getting a full-fledged reboot that takes the story in a much darker and more gruesome direction. Hellboy creator Mike Mignola co-wrote the script for Hellboy (which is no longer titled Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen) alongside author Christopher Golden (Baltimore, X-Men) and scribes Andrew Cosby (Eureka) and Aron Coleite (Heroes). Harbour is starring as the eponymous character in the R-rated Hellboy reboot from director Neil Marshall (Game of Thrones), and he recently described the movie’s direction.
In an interview with THR, David Harbour described the team’s goals with the Hellboy reboot, saying they wanted to follow comic book films such as Logan and Deadpool and not fall into the typical, “popcorn-y” style superhero movies that flood the industry.
“This was something that I couldn’t pass up because I love those [Mike] Mignola comics. And the mythos we are in now, I feel like two strains are running. They are making these kind of popcorn-y, somewhat two-dimensional comic book movies and then there is this strain like Logan and Deadpool. That is what I am drawn to in the genre. I would love to do a Hellboy where you love him, but you’re also not quite sure about him.”
James Mangold’s Logan marked Hugh Jackman’s final go as Wolverine, and it earned praise for deconstructing the character as well as delivering a wild, yet somber conclusion for the superhero after 17 years on-screen. That’s why Logan is the first superhero film to be nominated for an Oscar outside the technical categories (Heath Ledger is the only person ever to be nominated for and win in an acting category for a superhero movie). And that level of quality and success is what Harbour and the rest of the creative team are striving to achieve with the Hellboy reboot.
The upcoming Hellboy reboot also stars Ian McShane, Milla Jovovich, Daniel Dae Kim, Sasha Lane, and more. It’s slated to release in January 2019. And while story details are still being kept under wraps, fans shouldn’t have to wait too long to get more concrete information about the project.
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