Iconic Dark Horse Comics character Hellboy, created by Mike Mignola, is getting yet another reboot movie, after the most recent film starring David Harbour did unfavorably both at the box office and with the reception of critics. The film, which is tentatively titled Hellboy: The Crooked Man, will star Jack Kesy (Deadpool 2) and be directed by Brian Taylor (Ghost Rider). The story will follow the Mignola comics of the same name, and focus on Hellboy facing off against an evil entity in the Appalachian Mountains in 1958.
Although another new Hellboy reboot doesn’t seem like an exciting prospect, Mignola expressed his favorable reaction to the upcoming Hellboy: The Crooked Man script, citing its overarching horror theme as a big reason for his positivity.
“His intention is to make a horror movie, so that’ll be nice. That’ll be interesting,” Mignola said in an interview with Variety. “I read the new draft of the screenplay yesterday, and yes, it is definitely R. It’s the first Hellboy script that I read and I went, ‘Oh, it’s a horror movie,’ which is what I wanted. Taylor does not have a reputation as a horror movie director. But, so far, we’ve had two horror movie directors make Hellboy movies and we’ve never gotten a horror movie.”
Mignola also expressed that “The Crooked Man” story was one of the stories he’s most proud to have to written and thinks it’s one of the most befitting stories to adapt when it comes to bringing Hellboy to the big screen.
“For years, we’ve been saying, if you’re going to make a Hellboy movie, make it small,” Mignola continued. “And the perfect story to do that with is my personal favorite, ‘The Crooked Man.’ I think it’s one of the best things I’ve ever written. It’s beautifully illustrated by Richard Corben, and it’s a solid story that doesn’t involve a million different characters. Everybody actually agreed from the very beginning, ‘Yes, we want to do that one.’ Budget-wise, it’s good because it’s a lower budget kind of a story. It’s not the Hellboy origin. It’s not Hellboy saving the world. It’s not huge. It’s a subtle, dark, little folk horror story.”
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