Hellboy’s creator Mike Mignola has taken to Facebook to announce that director Neil Marshall (The Descent, Game of Thrones) will direct an R-rated reboot of the property featuring David Harbour of Stranger Things as the title hero.
The film’s working title is Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen and features a script by Andrew Cosby (Eureka), Christopher Golden and Mignola himself.
First appearing in comics in 1993, Hellboy is a demon summoned from Hell by the Nazi occultists near the end of World War II. Raised by Professor Trevor Bruttenholm of Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, Hellboy went on to be billed as “The World’s greatest occult detective.” The adventures of the character have been chronicled in countless comics, including his time with the Bureau, his early years as a young boy, and even the time he spent in hell after dying on Earth. The main Hellboy title has also served as a launching pad for other characters and stories including Abe Sapien, Lobster Johnson, BPRD, Sledgehammer 44 and others!
The first Hellboy movie hit theaters in April of 2004 with Ron Perlman in the title role. It was produced on a $66 million budget and earned $99 million worldwide. Del Toro’s sequel, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, debuted in July of 2008 on a budget of $85 million and earned $160.3 million.