After years of hoping for the third leg of Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy trilogy to come to light, those hopes were completely dashed when it was announced earlier this year that the property is being completely rebooted. Now, creator Mike Mignola has moved to discuss how this new movie so nearly followed on from the previous two Ron Perlman-starring efforts.
Speaking to Nerdist, Mignola explained, “We originally started trying to tie it to the del Toro universe and continue those movies. But once we had Neil Marshall, we thought, ‘Why are we going to try and continue that universe?’ Because a del Toro movie is a del Toro movie, and you don’t want to try and hand a del Toro movie to someone else. Especially someone as great as Neil Marshall. So that’s when it went from being this continuation to being a reboot. It’s exciting to have another director. It’s exciting to take another path, to take that material and give it another leaning.”
As well as del Toro replaced by The Descent’s Marshall, star Ron Perlman is another who won’t be returning, with Stranger Things’ David Harbour taking over as Big Red. And as Mignola explains, the new Hellboy is getting a tad giddy about the gig. “He is super excited about being Hellboy and he wants to make sure he gets it right. He’s texting me Hellboy questions about his history, about what the character would think about this or about that. It’s really exciting to be back and see this thing come together.”
Starting a fresh with the franchise, this new movie is titled Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen. And as ever, expect more on this hugely intriguing picture as we get it.SHARE YOUR COMMENTS BELOW OR ON TWITTER @STARBURST_MAG
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