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HELLBOY Reboot Writer Talks Darker Vision For New Film

May 10, 2017

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Comic book creator Mike Mignola recently announced that director Neill Marshall will direct an R-rated Hellboy film reboot featuring Stranger Things star David Harbour as the title hero. Now just recently, screenwriter Andrew Cosby spoke to Silver Screen Beat about the darker vision for the character.

“I can’t really talk about specifics with regard to the story, which they’re keeping a pretty tight lid on at the moment, but I can say that this is a darker, more gruesome version of HELLBOY. 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. Honestly, everyone has just been working overtime to bring that Mignola magic to the big screen. The script is done, but work will continue as we move forward, always trying to make it the best it can be.”

Millenium Films is currently in negotiations with producers Larry Gordon and Lloy Levin to reboot the titular hero. Currently, it’s working titled is Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen and features a script by Andrew Cosby, Christopher Golden and Mignola.

First appearing in comics in 1993, Hellboy is a demon summoned from Hell by the Nazi occultists near the end of World War II. Raised by Professor Trevor Buttenholm of Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, Hellboy went on to be filed as “The World’s greatest occult detective.” The adventures of the character have been chronicled in countless comics, including his time with the Bureau, his early years as a young boy, and even the time he spent in hell after dying on Earth. The main Hellboy title has also served as a launching pad for other characters and stories including Abe Sapien, Lobster Johnson, BPRD, Sledgehammer 44 and many others.

The first film Hellboy was directed by Guillermo Del Toro and was released in April 2004, starring Ron Perlman in the titular role. It was produced on a $66 million budget and earned $99 million worldwide. It was followed by a sequel, Hellboy II: The Golden Army in July 2008 on a budget of $85 million and earning $160.3 million.

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