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Hellboy: all the updates on the R-rated reboot

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Hellboy is coming back to theaters with a new, R-rated film helmed by Neil Marshall, known for directing The Descent and episodes of Game of Thrones.

Based on the comic book series by Mike Mignola, Hellboy is about a demon adopted by soldiers during World War II, who helps the government combat supernatural threats. The series has already received one adaptation from Guillermo del Toro, who directed Hellboy in 2004, and a sequel, Hellboy II: The Golden Army in 2008, starring Ron Perlman as the titular demon. While Del Toro worked to film a third installment of his trilogy, those plans never materialized.

Follow along for all of the updates, trailers, and commentary.

  • Mar 1, 2019

    Andrew Liptak

    The latest trailer for the Hellboy reboot brings the blood and gore

    Lionsgate films has released a pair of new trailers for its upcoming reboot of Mike Mignola’s classic comic, Hellboy. The new trailers — a red and green band spot — give us a good look at the film’s plot, and presents a much better feeling than the first trailer did.

    The film is a reboot of the film franchise, with The Descent and Game of Thrones director Neil Marshall helming the project, featuring Stranger Things’ David Harbour as the movie’s titular demon. The new trailers outline what we can expect for the plot of the film, and covers some of the familiar beats of Hellboy’s origin story. During World War II, Hellboy was summoned from Hell by Nazis looking for an edge in the later days of the war. He was instead adopted by the US, and raised under the auspices of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, an agency designed to help fend off paranormal threats.

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  • Dec 19, 2018

    Andrew Liptak

    Watch the first trailer for the Hellboy reboot

    Hellboy is back. Lionsgate released a first look at the upcoming adaptation of Mike Mignola’s classic noir-horror comic, showcasing Stranger Things star David Harbour as the titular demon.

    The trailer shows off the titular character working alongside members of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (BPRD) as they fight against monsters that threaten the world. In Mignola’s story, Hellboy also struggles against his demonic nature, and against the reactions of humans who see him as a monster. Also in the trailer: Ian McShane as Hellboy’s adoptive father, Professor Bruttenholm; Lost’s Daniel Dae Kim as BPRD operative Ben Daimio; and Sasha Lane as Alice Monaghan. Much of the action appears to be centered in England, which tracks, given that the film’s antagonist is Nimue the Blood Queen (played by Resident Evil star Milla Jovovich), a British witch who appeared in the comic arc Darkness Calls.

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  • Sep 14, 2017

    Andrew Liptak

    Lionsgate shows off first image of Stranger Things’ David Harbour as Hellboy

    Image: Simon Varsano / Lionsgate

    Lionsgate has released the first image of Stranger Things star David Harbour as Hellboy’s titular demonic lead. An earlier report that the company had set a 2019 release date for the film was false, Lionsgate said.

    Unlike the prior film adaptations by Guillermo del Toro, the reboot will be rated R. In August, the character’s creator, Mike Mignola, told The Verge that he was excited to see Game of Thrones director Neil Marshall come on board to helm the project, saying that they “decided to go for an R rating, so he doesn’t have his hands tied, and so he can go as dark and as tough as he wants to go.”

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  • Lizzie Plaugic

    Aug 28, 2017

    Lizzie Plaugic

    Hellboy actor Ed Skrein steps down from role after whitewashing criticism

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    Actor Ed Skrein (Deadpool) has announced he’ll no longer be playing Major Ben Daimio in the upcoming Hellboy reboot, citing the importance of representation in film casting. Skrein joined the project just last week, but the decision to cast him as Daimio, a Japanese-American character in the comic books, was quickly met with backlash and accusations of whitewashing.

    “It is clear that representing this character in a culturally accurate way holds significance for people, and that to neglect this responsibility would continue a worrying tendency to obscure ethnic minority stories and voices in the arts,” Skrein wrote in a note on Twitter. “I feel it is important to honor and respect that.”

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  • Aug 3, 2017

    Andrew Liptak

    Hellboy creator Mike Mignola on the future of his shared universe, and the film reboot

    Image: Dark Horse Comics

    In 1993, writer-artist Mike Mignola introduced comic book readers to Hellboy, a demon discovered and raised by American soldiers after World War II that ended up fighting against forces attempting to take over the Earth. It was an almost immediate hit, and Mignola went on to expand the world with an array of new characters and a related comic series.

    One big part of that universe has been a series called B.P.R.D., which follows the titular government agency dedicated to protecting the country against paranormal threats. Mignola brought Hellboy’s story to a close with Hellboy in Hell a couple of years ago, and this month he launched a new arc called The Devil You Know that will bring B.P.R.D. to an end as well.

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  • May 10, 2017

    Andrew Liptak

    A rebooted Hellboy is the final nail in the coffin for Guillermo del Toro’s third film

    Image: Dark Horse Comics. Art: Mike Mignola

    Earlier this week, writer / artist Mike Mignola announced on Facebook that a new deal was in the works to bring his comic Hellboy back to the big screen. This is welcome news for fans of the character, but it does suggest we’ll never get to see director Guillermo del Toro complete his own cinematic Hellboy trilogy, even after years of trying to get a third installment to the series off the ground.

    Mignola’s Hellboy is a long-running series published by Dark Horse Comics, following a demon named Hellboy and his allies as they fight various supernatural creatures and conspiracies. The series blends Lovecraftian-style cosmic horror with the stylings of superhero adventures.

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  • Rich McCormick

    May 9, 2017

    Rich McCormick

    Hellboy is getting an R-rated reboot with Stranger Things star in leading role

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    Big red is coming back to the big screen in a planned R-rated reboot of the Hellboy series. Hellboy creator Mike Mignola confirmed the news on Facebook, specifying that the reboot would be directed by Game of Thrones director Neil Marshall, and star David Harbour — best known for his role as Stranger Things' Jim Hopper — as the titular demon.

    Negotiations are reportedly ongoing between producers Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin, who own the rights to the films, and movie studio Millennium, but the end product is set to be an R-rated refresh. Mignola himself is reportedly helping to write the new movie, which has the working title Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen.

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