Image copyright Columbia Pictures 2004
On the afternoon of 9th May, Mike Mignola, the creator of Hell-Boy took to Facebook to make a major announcement regarding the future of the Hell-Boy movie franchise.
Mignola posted a message stating;
“Okay, here’s some news—
There IS going to be another HELLBOY MOVIE.
It’s going to be an R-rated reboot directed by Neil Mashall (The Descent, Game of Thrones) and starring David Harbour (Stranger Things) as Hellboy.
More news to come soon—.”
You can imagine the backlash Mignola instantly felt as fan favourite Ron Perlman, who you may know had been petitioning extensively online last year, was unceremoniously dumped from the role.
Perlman, as well as Hell-Boy 1 & 2 director Guillermo Del Toro, brought their own touch to the franchise, but some fans strongly believe that Del Toro simply didn’t “get” Hell-Boy, despite how successful his films may have been.
Perlman and Del Toro had both said how they believe the prospect of a 3rd movie in the franchise was dead in the water and “would never happen.”
So, as you can imagine, the news was quite a surprise to the pair.
Perlman took to Twitter to state how grateful he was to fans in wake of the news;
“Gettin alotta twitter love 2nite.
Much obliged, you, the faithful…”
And on Facebook, he posted a short clip of himself brushing off his shoulder as if to say “ain’t nothin’” and yes, I did have to look that up on Urban Dictionary to see what that meant.
However, that is, unfortunately, the past now as far as Hell-Boy is concerned.
And the future, as we now know, is David Harbour, of Netflix’s Stranger Things fame and Neil Marshall in the director’s chair.
Harbour had a minor role in 2016’s Suicide Squad, 2011’s Green Hornet film, as well as appearing in Black Mass, State of Affairs, and The Newsroom, but saw his career hit new heights thanks to his part in the runaway success series that is Stranger Things.
New director Harbour has dabbled in fantasy, horror, and science-fiction aplenty before he’s set to take over from Del Toro as he has had a hand in directing episodes of Game of Thrones, Constantine, Timeless, Hannibal, and most recently Westworld as well as movies such as Dog Soldier, Doomsday, and The Descent Part 1 and Part 2.
Hell-Boy, which features elements of fantasy, sci-fi, and horror genres, made his debut in Dark Horse Comics’ San Diego Comic-Con Comics #2 in 1993 and has since become synonymous with eponymous miniseries, one-shots, and intercompany crossovers.
He is a demon, summoned to Earth by Nazis in 1944 (hence his hatred for them), with red skin, long demon-like tail, hooves for feet, an oversized right forearm made of stone, and two horns that he files down to circular stumps on his forehead.
Perlman famously portrayed Hellboy in the 2004 Hell-Boy movie and the 2008 sequel The Golden Army.
The 3rd instalment in the Hell-Boy franchise is tentatively titled Rise of the Blood Queen and has no release date as of yet.