Hellboy is getting an R-rated reboot on the big screen

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Guys, it’s time for a few harsh truths: We’re all going to die eventually, Bovril will always be better than Marmite and your mom is a lovely person who doesn’t deserve to be the focus of so many yo momma jokes. Also, Hellboy 3 is never happening. Ever. And that’s good! Because while the dream of ever seeing Ron Perlman walking around in enough red paint to scare the most ardent capitalist is a pipe dream, it also frees the franchise up for a fresh new take.

A reboot that Hellboy creator Mike Mignola himself has confirmed. Here’s the text from the FaceBook post, for extra proof:

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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 Marshall (The Descent, Game Of Thrones) and staring David Harbour (Stranger Things) as Hellboy.
More news to come soon–

That’s some amazing talent right there. If you’ve never seen The Descent, you’ve missed out on one of the finest horror movies ever made. Dark, foreboding and utterly hellish on its characters. All qualities that sound perfect for a more visceral take on Hellboy. Now don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adore Guillermo Del Toro’s original vision, which comes off as the kind of twisted fairy tale that you’d read to a red-headed stepchild, but perhaps this change in tone is the breath of fresh air needed to keep Hellboy relevant.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, this reboot means that you won’t see Del Toro present to help produce, while Ron Perlman himself won’t be donning the infamous right hand of doom either. A pity, but maybe it’s all for the best. I’m cautiously optimistic about this, because you know how the old saying goes: Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear.

All I’m suggesting, is that perhaps the excitement for a new Hellboy film needs to be tempered somewhat until we finally get some footage of a demon having its face rearranged by a few rounds from a Samaritan hand cannon. Still, cautiously optimistic. Whatever Marshall and Harbour have planned for this new flick, I’m keen to see how much different it looks from the world that Del Toro and his crew created so many years ago.

Last Updated: May 9, 2017

Darryn Bonthuys

Word-slinger at Critical Hit. Inventor of the macho Swiss gym chocolate known as Testoblerone. That's...that's about it really.

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