With news dropping this week that David Harbour would be playing the part of Hellboy in a fresh reboot from comic book creator Mike Mignola, all types of rumor and speculation has surfaced about the contents for the upcoming R-rated feature. He would take to Facebook to announce the news that took many off guard.
"Okay, here's some news," posted Magnola. "There IS going to be another HELLBOY MOVIE. It's going to be an R rated reboot directed by Neil Marshall (The Descent, Game Of Thrones) and staring David Harbour (Stranger Things) as Hellboy. More news to come soon."
Now screenwriter Andrew Crosby has discussed the remake with Silver Screen Beat.
Dark, Gruesome Horror Excites Writer's Passions
Keeping his guard in relation to additional casting news or storylines, Crosby believes that Mignola's vision will stay true to the printed material. The reaction has been split with neither Ron Perlman nor director Guillermo del Toro brought back from their successful features in 2004's Hellboy and the 2008 sequel Hellboy II: The Golden Army.
"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," remarked Crosby. "Neil (Marshall director) 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."
Script Complete, But Changes Might Be Made Along The Journey
With production company Millennium earmarked to lead the new franchise, a release date should quickly follow with a filmmaker and actor already lined up for the title. Fans might have been demanding a Hellboy 3 from del Toro but with those negotiations turning very public and very sour, it is left to Crosby and Mignola to pick up the pieces and attempt to recreate the magic.
"Honestly, everyone has just been working overtime to bring that Mignola magic to the big screen," the writer explains. "The script is done, but work will continue as we move forward, always trying to make it the best it can be."
That suggests changes and alterations could be made, a scenario that might play out if Millennium hand over duties once they score the picture. Watch this space.
Source: Silver Screen Beat