After 9 years of promises, false-starts, and online petitions, director of the first two Hellboy films Guillermo del Toro admitted recently that a third will not happen. Luckily, last night, the creator of the comic book revealed that the franchise would soldier on in the fashionable form of a reboot.
Mike Mignola, who in 1993 first introduced Dark Horse readers to a demonic paranormal investigator with a penchant for cigars and booze, has announced that a new (R-rated, no less. Thanks, Deadpool and Logan.) Hellboy film is finally in the works. The movie will dismiss the prior del Toro series with David Harbour replacing Ron Perlman as the sanguine ghostbuster, and genre favorite Neil Marshall stepping in for del Toro as director. Negotiations are underway with Millennium Films and producers Larry Gordon, Lloyd Levin, Mike Richardson, and Marshall to make the tentatively-titled Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen, with Andrew Cosby, Christopher Golden, Aron Colette, Mignola, and Marshall handling the script.
Marshall made his mark with a few solid female-led (The Descent, Doomsday) genre pictures a decade ago before settling into yeoman’s work in serialized television. Presuming the film comes to fruition, Rise of the Blood Queen would promote Harbour and Marshall from heralded work in appointment television and into tentpole franchise films. If nothing else his previous efforts prove that Marshall has the chops to deliver a fun, blood-spattered story and a truly kick-ass action-horror heroine. So, Doomsday‘s Rhona Mitra as Liz Sherman then?