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After fans have hoped against hope for years that they might one day see Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy 3, we now know that we will get another Hellboy movie, but it won't be that. Now we're getting our first idea as to what sort of movie it will be. The script is currently being worked on by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola along with Christopher Golden and Andrew Cosby and the film will be directed by Neil Marshall. One thing we already knew is that the film would shoot for an R-rating. Now, we know that the reason it will likely get that rating is that the team is writing a serious horror movie. According to Cosby...
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. Neil 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.
There are many wonderful words one could use to describe Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy movies, but "gruesome" would not be one of them. The violence was clearly within the range of your traditional PG-13 style adventure movie, but apparently, the new version is going to be significantly dark and violent. Based on Andrew Cosby's comments to Silver Screen Beat, it appears that the script has been in the works for a while, before Neil Marshall was actually brought on as the director. In fact, it may be the fact that Marshall's vision aligned with the script that landed him the job.
At this point all we know about the new film, beyond what's above, is that it has the working title Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen and that Stranger Things star David Harbour will be taking on the title role. The news was more than a little surprising as pretty much everybody involved in the two previous Hellboy movies had expressed interest in completing a trilogy, yet nothing ever came of it. Everything came down to the fact that no studio seemed interested in financing it. Now, it appears that the issue wasn't spending money on a Hellboy movie, but rather spending money on that particular Hellboy movie.
While I certainly would have loved to have seen Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy 3, taken by itself, the setup for this reboot certainly looks interesting. We know that R-rated superhero movies can be successful, and none of them have really delved into the horror genre yet, so that's an untapped area to focus on. We'll certainly be keeping tabs on this one so stay with CinemaBlend for the latest on the new Hellboy.