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Lionsgate Eyes ‘HELLBOY: RISE OF THE BLOOD QUEEN’

July 6, 2017

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Lionsgate is in final talks to take HELLBOY: RISE OF THE BLOOD QUEEN starring Stranger Things star David Harbour as the titular hero. Neill Marshall is set to direct from a script by Andrew Cosby, Christopher Golden and Mike Mignola. Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin will produce with Mike Richardson of Dark Horse Entertainment.

First appearing in the Dark Horse comics starting 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 billed 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, BRPD, Sledgehammer 44 and others.

It is unknown whether the “Blood Queen” title refers to The Queen of Blood (also known as Nimue) from the comics, that Arthurian-era character was resurrected to bring Hellboy to his adversary Gruagach. Hellboy awakens an army of dead knights to battle her, and while Nimue is defeated, she ultimately winds up dragging the hero with her to hell.

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

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