TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - May 9, 2017
Guillermo Del Toro's Hellboy films were both beautifully constructed comic book movies with depth, originality, and plenty of gorgeous practical effects. Unfortunately, neither film lit the box office on fire, and a long gestating third film was officially canned earlier this year when both Del Toro and series star Ron Perlman announced they wouldn't ever complete the trilogy. In retrospect, however, they were obviously clearing the way for a franchise reboot, which was just announced.
Neil Marshall—the man who brought us The Descent, Doomsday, Dog Soldiers, and other well-respected, under-seen genre flicks—has signed on to direct the film with Stranger Things' David Harbour on board as the titular red demon. The film's title is allegedly going to be Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen, and will be written by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola along with BOOM! Comics co-founder Andrew Cosby and sci-fi novelist Christopher Golden.
Details are scant at the moment, but fans of the character and the franchise are likely feeling very conflicted over this news. Sure, it'll be great to see these characters back on the big screen and David Harbour is a very capable actor, but part of me feels it just won't be the same without Ron Perlman. Incredibly there's no release date yet, so we'll keep you up to date on the latest news as it comes in. In the meantime, let us know your thoughts on this reboot in the comments section below.