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It looks as though we will never see Guillermo del Toro finish his Hellboy film trilogy.
Despite numerous attempts to get a third Hellboy film made, it appears that the ship has sailed and instead we’re in for a reboot of the franchise with an R-rating in the sights. Now Neil Marshall (The Descent) is slated to direct a new film starring David Harbour (Stranger Things) and a script by Andrew Cosb, Christopher Golden and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola.
Currently, the film has the working title of Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen, with Millennium in negotiations to handle the film as Larry Golden and Lloyd Levin take up the producer credits.
There is no indication that del Toro or series star Ron Perlman will be involved.
This is sad news indeed as the first two films were a lot of fun, but apparently the plan now is to make the films darker and grittier and a bit more faithful to the source material. It would have been nice to see the original storyline play out, but in today’s Hollywood you just fire up a reboot and move on to the next project.
No targeted release date has been announced yet.