Following reports from earlier this week that Neil Marshall is developing a rebooted Hellboy movie, the director has revealed that the film is currently called “Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen” and will “walk a razor’s edge between horror and comic book movie.”
The film’s co-writer, Andrew Cosby, also told SilverScreenBeat how he and others involved in the production landed on the right tone for the project:
“I can’t really talk about specifics with regard to the story, which they’re keeping a pretty tight lid on at the moment,” he explained, “but I can say that this is a darker, more gruesome version of Hellboy. Neil said from the very beginning that he wanted to walk a razor’s edge between horror and comic book movie, which was music to my ears, because that’s what I was shooting for in the script, and precisely what [Mike] Mignola does so well with the comics.”
Cosby also noted that the first version of the screenplay — co-written by himself, Christopher Golden, and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola — is complete.
“Honestly, everyone has just been working overtime to bring that Mignola magic to the big screen. The script is done, but work will continue as we move forward, always trying to make it the best it can be.”
In the Hellboy comics, the “Queen of Blood” is a powerful British witch, who is also known as The Lady of the Lake from Arthurian legend. She is originally driven mad by her own power and imprisoned by her fellow witches, but returns in modern day to battle Hellboy. She’s a pretty violent character in the comics, so she should fit in well with the reboot’s “more gruesome” tone.
Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen (which we’re just going to assume is the film’s title until something else is announced) will be rated R and reportedly star David Harbour in the title role. Hellboy 1 & 2 director Guillermo del Toro and star Ron Perlman are not involved in the production. No release date has been announced yet.