Almost two decades after the release of Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy, the character is getting another reboot. Millennium Media has confirmed that Hellboy: The Crooked Man will begin production in Bulgaria next month. This is reported by Deadline. Casting for the role of the main character (first Ron Perlman, then David Harbour) has not yet been announced, but the director of the new film will be Brian Taylor, best known for the action movie Crank with Jason Statham.
Perhaps most interestingly, comic book writer Mike Mignola wrote the script for the upcoming film alongside Chris Golden. Both reportedly worked on a script for the 2019 reboot according to The Hollywood Reporter, although Andrew Cosby ultimately won the sole right to write the script. The 2019 reboot is considered a flop as it grossed around $55 million on a $50 million budget.
Deadline did not elaborate, but Discussing Film, which first reported the production of Hellboy: The Crooked Man claims that this will be live-action.
The Crooked Man was originally used as the title of the 2008 Hellboy comic.
Here’s Deadline’s synopsis of the upcoming film:
“The new film will see Hellboy and a rookie BPRD agent stranded in 1950s rural Appalachia. There, they discover a small community haunted by witches, led by a local devil with a troubling connection to Hellboy’s past: the Crooked Man.”
“In The Crooked Man, Mike Mignola and the creator of the comics will finally shepherd an authentic version of his stories and characters in film form,” said Millennium Media President Jeffrey Greenstein. “This is the first in the series of films that will captivate audiences in familiar (and new) ways.”
The release date of the film has not yet been announced.