The upcoming comic book adaptation, which has reportedly dropped Rise of the Blood Queen from its title and will simply be called Hellboy, will apparently be a “darker and more scary” take on the character than Guillermo del Toro’s previous films, at least according to Hellboy creator Mike Mignola.
“Where Hellboy II: The Golden Army was a light fantasy film, this will be very much darker – close to a horror film,” Mignola told the folks over at Newsarama. “I’ve met some people doing pre-production, and I visit the person doing the creature effects. I’m very happy with what I’ve seen so far.”
A grittier adaptation is certainly to be expected, what with the all-but-confirmed R rating (U.S. classification) and the credits on director Neill Marshall’s resume (Dog Soldiers, The Descent, Doomsday, Centurion, Game of Thrones, Hannibal). “We’ve been granted permission to do it R-rated, which for me is just like taking the cuffs off,” Marshall said on the Post Mortem podcast back in June. “It’s like, okay, so now we can just make the movie we want to make.”
Mignola said that although he doesn’t have as “much hands-on involvement” here as he did with del Toro, it’s all looking more in line with what he wanted this Hellboy to be.
“I’m not doing any concept art. I am doing consulting, but I think from day one in discussions about the look and feel of this new movie, the director seems to be very much closer to the tone of the vision I wanted it to be.”
The film, which will be starring Stranger Things actor David Harbour as the well-meaning demon, Ian McShane as his adoptive father Professor Broom, and Milla Jovovich as the villain Queen of Blood, aka Nimue, will be hitting cinemas sometime in 2018.