Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen is reportedly losing its subtitle. Needless to say, it's been a momentous year for Hellboy fans. On the heels of a disappointing announcement from Guillermo del Toro in February that he would not be directing a third film about the demon occult detective, fans learned from the character's creator, Mike Mignola, in May that the franchise was being rebooted with Stranger Things star David K. Harbour playing the titular role. Even more surprising, Hellboy was making its comeback as a darker and more gruesome R-rated film.
Not long after Mignola announced the reboot, the film was assigned the working title Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen, in what appeared to be an obvious nod to a character facing off again Hellboy in the story. Now, after three months of pre-production work, Hellboy appears to be getting back to basics with the reboot film's title.
We have confirmed that Millennium Films and Lionsgate’s production of Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen will now simply be titled Hellboy. The publication gave no specific reason for the title change, and only reported that scribe Aron Coleite is working on the latest draft of a script by Andrew Cosby, Christopher Golden and Mignola.
Whether Coleite's new draft of the script has anything to do with the title change is yet to be seen. However, the Blood Queen is still very much a part of whatever plot the writer comes up with, given that Resident Evil star Milla Jovovich was cast this week to play the pivotal role.
Since Hellboy doesn't start filming until fall, it's quite conceivable that the film will get a different title by the time it comes out in theaters. In fact, it would probably be a wise move on Magnolia's and director Neil Marshall's part to separate itself from del Toro's films, (starring Ron Perlman in the titular role) in every way possible, ensuring that moviegoers are getting an entirely new experience.
If Hellboy smartly goes with a new title to separate itself from previous versions, it wouldn't be without precedent. Sony smartly went with The Amazing Spider-Man for the first Spider-Man reboot films, and of course the studio's co-production with Marvel Studios and Disney went with Spider-Man: Homecoming, which alluded to the event near the end of the film. Any change is welcome at this point to avoid association with any Hellboy films that have come before the reboot.