Despite being met with a relatively tepid box-office reception, Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy, and 2008 sequel Hellboy II: The Golden Army, have gained a somewhat cult following.
Earlier this year, Del Toro confirmed a third instalment would not be happening. Now, we seemingly know why; the series is being rebooted, with a new director, actor, and an adult-orientated R-rating.
Hellboy’s creator Mike Mignola announced the news on Facebook, saying Neil Marshall — best known for directing horror film The Decent, along with various episodes for Game of Thrones, Westworld, and Hannibal — will direct the project.
Stranger Things actor David Harbour will play the titular character, who was previously played by Ron Perlman.
The reboot and re-launch of the series also has a title — Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen — and has been confirmed to have an R-rating, something that will likely bring the films closer to the darker tones of the comics rather than family-focussed Del Toro series.
The Hollywood Reporter confirmed the news, adding that comic book author Andrew Cosby, Sons of Anarchy novelist Christopher Golden and Mignola will pen the script.
According to the publication, Del Toro met with Dark Horse Entertainment, along with producers Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin, to discuss future ideas for the series. The report details how the Mexican director wanted a larger budget, something they were not willing to offer.
Del Toro previously said of Mignola pressing on without him: "Hellboy may move into a different direction. I tried & wanted this - but, not up to me. I, for one, wish everyone involved the best of luck! "
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