Hellboy Creator Announces R-Rated Film Reboot, Sans Guillermo Del Toro

Hellboy creator Mike Mignola announced on Facebook that there will be an R-rated big screen reboot for the demonic hero, this time starring Stranger Things' David Harbour. Sadly, Guillermo del Toro seems to be nowhere in sight.

Image: Mike Mignola

According to an article from The Hollywood Reporter, Millennium is in negotiations with producers Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin to reboot the franchise with an R-rated film. Mignola confirmed that Neil Marshall, the director of Descent who's also known for his work on Game of Thrones, has signed on to direct. There's no indication that del Toro will be involved — nor Ron Perlman, the actor who first brought the character to life in 2004.

It'd be exciting to get a new Hellboy film, especially after years of watching and waiting for del Toro to finally follow through on his many hints and promises. But it does come with some reservations. The original series had a distinct look and style, and it's unclear what Marshall and Harbour would bring that del Toro and Perlman didn't already excel at. Still, fingers crossed!

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    The first movies were great. I could do with another one of those.

      Yeah, especially after the second one set things up for a third one that never happened. I'd rather have that movie than this reboot. Oh well, I'll give them the benefit of the doubt for now, at least until we see something from it.

    Not happy Jan. Just give us part three without del Toro.

    I hope the makeup/prosthetic are better this time - seriously in the other movies his hand looked like it was made out of foam and painted red.

    So this is an American R rating. Does that translate to MA here?

    People keep saying they want a third, but Ron is both too old and likely asking for too much. First he said he didn't want to do it, then he said maybe and finally he would do it if the money was right.

    del Toro well and truly dropped the ball with the sequel after an okay first movie. I've never liked Perlman as Hellboy, despite being super excited when he was first announced. As a fan who's been reading the comics since the first issue, I always felt like he thought he knew the character more than he actually did. The love story with Liz was awful, too.

    I'm actually pretty damn happy about this.

    Unwise.

    They'll always be compared with the del Toro/Perlman version, and the best they'll ever be able to achieve is "As good as."

      They said the same thing about Heath Ledger's Joker compared to Jack Nicholson's.

      Don't get me wrong, I love me some Ron Perlman, but I'm always of the opinion that you should reserve judgement and give actors the benefit of the doubt when they're taking on new roles.

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