Creator Mike Mignola On Why The New Hellboy Movie Is A Reboot

07/13/2017

Mignola revealed that the production’s early vision for the movie originally continued del Toro’s work.

 

Director Guillermo del Toro brought us two beloved Hellboy movies in 2004 and 2008. Toro wanted to make a third movie but this reboot is happening instead. Speaking with Nerdist, the character’s creator, Mike Mignola (and co-writer of the upcoming film), revealed they originally thought about keeping the movie in the same universe as the previous two.

“So, we originally started trying to tie it to the del Toro universe and continue those movies. But once we had Neil Marshall, we thought, 'Why are we going to try and continue that universe?' Because a del Toro movie is a del Toro movie, and you don't want to try and hand a del Toro movie to someone else. Especially someone as great as Neil Marshall. So that's when it went from being this continuation to being a reboot.”

Mignola noted that his project was going to take a different direction even if both director and actor would return in some capacity:

“I would’ve loved to see Guillermo do his third movie and finish that story. But over the years it became very clear that wasn’t going to happen. About three years ago the producers, the screenwriter Andrew Cosby, and I all started working on this new story. Del Toro didn’t want to have anything to do with it, he wasn’t going to direct. He was offered to be a producer, and Ron [Perlman] wouldn’t do it without Guillermo.”

Mignola also discussed how Stranger Things star David Harbour is already getting into the role of Hellboy himself:

“[David] is super excited about being Hellboy and he wants to make sure he gets it right. He’s texting me Hellboy questions about his history, about what the character would think about this or about that. It’s really exciting to be back and see this thing come together.”

Directed by Neil Marshall, the upcoming Hellboy reboot, tentatively titled Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen, is written by Andrew Cosby, Christopher Golden and Mike Mignola and stars David Harbour as Hellboy. The film does not yet have a release date, though it is expected to come out in 2018.