Back in February, we told you how while Guillermo del Toro and Ron Perlman would not be making Hellboy 3, but creator Mike Mignola said we would not be seeing the last of Hellboy. It appears that Mr. Mignola knew something that he wasn’t letting on at the time.
That was what Hellboy’s creator posted on Facebook just a little under an hour before I am writing this. BOOM.
One has to wonder if Mignola knew of this when he spoke with del Toro months ago. While this project was kept a secret, stuff like this doesn’t just spring up overnight. If he did knew, that makes that conversation del Toro said he had with Mignola earlier this year retroactively awkward.
As for how the reboot makes me feel, well, it is a step up/ step down in my opinion.
I am slightly biased in favor of David Harbour (My wife’s family is friendly with his family) but he is younger than Perlman, a better actor than Perlman (Harbour has a Tony nomination to his credit) and looks the part. Besides, after his work in Stranger Things, his stock in Hollywood rocketed up. He was in competition for the role of Cable in Deadpool 2 that eventually went to Josh Brolin. So there is a lot of buzz behind his name. He definitely has big shoes to fill–Hellboy was a part Ron Perlman was born to play–but I think he’ll do well.
As for Neil Marshall, well, he made a big splash with The Descent, but followed that up with the disappointing Doomsday and Centurion. He’s spent the last few years directing television shows like Game of Thrones, Hannibal, and Westworld. Not bad shows to have on your resume, but it comes up a bit light compared to the brilliant work del Toro has done over the same time. If Marshall can tap into the magic he created with The Descent, then the reboot should be in good shape, though.
More on this as it develops.