We found out this week that an R-rated Hellboy remake is on the way, with the mighty Neil Marshall (The Descent, Dog Soldiers) at the helm. The news was exciting to say the least, and there’s more good news, as it seems the film is being fast tracked into production, with cameras possibly even rolling this year.
The reboot officially now has a title – Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen – and a completed script, written by Andrew Cosby, Christopher Golden, and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola. Stranger Things’ David Harbour will be stepping into the title role portrayed by Ron Perlman in Guillermo del Toro’s take on the comics in 2004’s Hellboy and its 2008 sequel.
Talking to Silver Screen Beat this week, Christopher Golden confirmed that the film will be a darker, more horror-orientated vision than del Toro’s take on Mignola’s comics.
“[Our version] is a darker, more gruesome version of Hellboy,” the writer said. “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 script is done, but work will continue as we move forward, always trying to make it the best it can be.”
Time to get excited.
Words: Kevan Farrow (@KevanX)