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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

HELLBOY Reboot RISE OF THE BLOOD QUEEN in Negotiations


Here's hoping that David Harbour likes pamcakes.  Mmmmm...pamcakes... (drools)

The Hollywood Reporter revealed late yesterday that Mike Mignola's demonic superhero Hellboy may finally return to the big screen, only without fan-favorite star Ron Perlman and director Guillermo del Toro from the first two Hellboy films, Hellboy and Hellboy II: The Golden Army.

According to the article, Millennium Films is in negotiations with producers Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin for a new installment that would reboot and relaunch the property.  Mike Richardson of Dark Horse Entertainment is also producing.  The project, which currently has the working title of Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen, has director Neil Marshall attached, with a script by Andrew Cosby, Christopher Golden and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola.

Marshall is best known as the director of the epic Game of Thrones episodes "Blackwater" and "The Watchers on the Wall", as well as episodes of Hannibal, Constantine, Westworld, Timeless, and Black Sails.  His films include Dog Soldiers, The Descent and The Descent Part 2.


The article also states that David Harbour is in talks to star as Hellboy.  Harbour, 42, is best known as Chief Jim Hooper on the Netflix series Stranger Things, and has appeared in the films Suicide Squad, Quantum of Solace, The Green Hornet, War of the Worlds (2005), Black Mass, The Equalizer, Revolutionary Road, Awake, and Brokeback Mountain.  His other television appearances include episodes of Banshee, State of Affairs, Elementary, The Newsroom, Pan Am, Rake, and Manhattan.


Created in 1993 by Mike Mignola, Hellboy first appeared in Next Men #21 as a well-meaning demon whose true name is Anung Un Rama ("and upon his brow is set a crown of flame"). Hellboy was summoned from Hell to Earth as an infant demon on December 23, 1944 by Nazi occultists, creating his hatred for them.  He was discovered by the Allied Forces, including Professor Trevor Bruttenholm, who formed the United States Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (BPRD).  In time, Hellboy grew to be a large, red-skinned man with a tail, horns (which he files off, leaving behind the signature circular stumps on his forehead), cloven hooves for feet, and an oversized right hand made of stone.

As an adult, having matured physically within years and aging slowly while having a teenaged mind, Hellboy beame the primary agent for the BPRD, alongside other human and quasi-human agents that include Kate Corrigan, a professor of folklore at New York University; Abe Sapien, an amphibian humanoid (Ichthyo sapiens); and Liz Sherman, a young pyrokinetic.  Things changed for Hellboy during the events of Seed of Destruction, when he found Professor Bruttenholm after he disappeared in an expedition in the Arctic, witnessing his adopted father killed by a frog monster.  The search took Hellboy, Abe and Liz to the Cavendish Hall mansion, which was a trap established by Rasputin to have Hellboy embrace his destiny with the assistance of Sadu-Hem, one of the spawn of the Ogdru Jahad.  Controlled by the spirit of one of the ancestral Cavendish men, Abe impaled Rasputin.  Liz's firestorm incinerated Rasputin's body alongside Sadu-Hem's, and destroyed Cavendish Hall.

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