A new Hellboy reboot is on the way and new details have finally started to emerge about the project. Formally titled Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen, the film is now simply known as Hellboy (because that's not confusing), with David Harbour set to star as the familiar red half-demon. Ian McShane is on board as Hellboy's adoptive father Professor Broom, and it sounds like more familiar faces will be present in the reboot as well. The Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense -- or the B.P.R.D -- will also be featured in the reboot.
The B.P.R.D. figures into the movie. I don't want to say who is and who isn't in the movie. I think it's fair to say, however, that the primary focus is Hellboy and not a B.P.R.D. team movie.
Mike Mignola, the creator of the Hellboy comic book series and many of the characters within it, is involved in the creative process for the Hellboy reboot. In addition to the movie being closer to its source material, Mignola revealed that the B.P.R.D. will figure into the film, though, he understandably did not give away any of the specific characters that will involve. Fans of Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy movies will remember the B.P.R.D. playing a big role, providing support for Hellboy in the field.
It's no big surprise that the B.P.R.D. will be in the movie. The organization has been a big fixture in the Hellboy world for some time now and most stories involve them in one way or another. Many characters, both human and supernatural, have been a part of the B.P.R.D., so it's unclear who exactly will make the cut for the reboot. The amphibious Abe Sapien and the pyrokinetic Elizabeth Sherman were both in the original movies, and seem likely to return once again. Mike Mignola's wording of a B.P.R.D. team movie is also interesting. Is this implying that there have been conversations about making a movie primarily featuring those members of the team and not Hellboy?
Mike Mignola also told Newsarama that his involvement in the reboot was minor and not to the extent that it was with Guillermo del Toro's two movies. He said that he was mostly just consulting, but his vision of the movie does line up more with director Neil Marshall's vision. The Hellboy reboot will be rated-R and will be a darker horror story than the lighter tone of the previous films, with Milla Jovovich cast as the villainous Blood Queen.
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