Writer and artist Mike Mignola created the comic book series Hellboy in 1994. The titular character is a red-skinned demon who was summoned from Hell as an infant and raised on Earth. He is gruff, good-humored and extremely strong; he battles dark forces as a member of the BPRD, the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense.
Ron Perlman embodied Hellboy when he first came to the big screen in 2004 under the direction of Guillermo del Toro. Four years later, Hellboy II: The Golden Army arrived, again teaming Perlman and del Toro. Both movies were generally well received by critics and audiences alike and the sequel earned more than $160 million at the box office worldwide.
Yet neither was a huge, blockbuster success, which meant a third installment was not guaranteed. Instead, the possibility lingered for years until del Toro appeared to close the door in February.
Hellboy 3 Sorry to report: Spoke w all parties. Must report that 100% the sequel will not happen. And that is to be the final thing about it
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) February 21, 2017
Now, however, creator Mike Mignola has breathed new life into the project via social media, though it’s surprisingly different that we might have expected.
David Harbour is a veteran character actor whose profile was raised when he starred in Netflix’s Stranger Things (top) last year. Neil Marshall is a veteran director whose credits include not only horror-thriller The Descent and episodes of HBO’s Game of Thrones, but also the action-thriller Doomsday (below), as well as episodes of Constantine, Hannibal and Westworld.
After Mignola’s announcement, The Hollywood Reporter added additional information. Millennium, which now holds screen rights, is in negotiations with producers Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin. The intention is to reboot the series. Right now, the project has been dubbed Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen, though that’s only a working title and could change later. Mignola cowrote the script with Andrew Cosby and Christopher Golden.
Both Harbour and Marshall are in talks, which means their deals are not yet finalized. The report suggests that del Toro wanted a bigger budget, but the producers decided to go with a different approach. We’ll wait to see what happens and if the reboot moves forward.