Oh God, Another ‘Hellboy’ Live-Action Reboot is Coming
Hellboy has been summoned to the big screens yet again. Millennium Media recently announced its new live-action film reboot of the comic-based Hellboy series at Berlin’s EFM. The reboot, titled, ‘Hellboy: The Crooked Man‘ will wipe the slate clean, steering away from the earlier adaptations to present audiences with a more grounded and faithful version of the harbinger of the apocalypse. The film is being adapted from the three-issue comic miniseries of the same name, which debuted in July of 2008 and is being led by Crank director Brian Taylor.
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Deadline reported that the filming is slated to kick off in Bulgaria sometime in March and talks with the cast are in the final phases, although, no details have been announced just yet. Interestingly enough, this new Hellboy reboot will, for the first time in the franchise’s history, see Mike Mignola, the creator of Hellboy comics, co-write the script with Chris Golden, however, their contributions to the screenplay remain a big mystery.
Millennium Media’s interest in the reboot is not sudden. In fact, the company had ambitious plans for creating a thriving Hellboy film franchise, which all came crashing down with the 2019 David Harbour-led Hellboy reboot, which Vox’s Alex Abad-Santos described as a ‘gorgeous but absurd mess’. Now, Millennium seems ready to give the franchise another go with this new live-action reboot, roping in Mignola to help steer the ship.
Going back to ground zero, the upcoming film will be set in 1950s Appalachia, at a much earlier juncture in Hellboy’s life than prior movies, and see Hellboy joining forces with a rookie BPRD agent. The duo stumbles upon a small community tormented by witches led by the evil Crooked Man, who also shares a troubling affinity with Hellboy’s past. In the comics, The Crooked Man was an eighteenth-century scrooge and war exploiter named Jeremiah Witkins who was hanged for his crimes yet came back from Hell as the region’s resident devil. It’s being said that the film’s plot will “expand Hellboy’s world through one of the most beloved issues of the comic series.” Guess, the third time might really be the charm for our hero.
“The Crooked Man is a departure from all previous Hellboy films where 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’s President Jeffrey Greenstein during the announcement. “This is the first in the series of films that will captivate audiences in familiar (and new) ways. Brian Taylor is an expert across the board, and I couldn’t think of a better person to bring this story to life to show our audience this different and original Hellboy slate of films.”
Hellboy: The Crooked Man will be produced by Dark Horse Entertainment’s Mike Richardson, and Millennium Media’s Jeffrey Greenstein, Jonathan Yunger, Les Weldon, Rob Van Norden, and Yariv Lerner. Mike Mignola, Millennium Media’s Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, and Tanner Mobley and Campbell Grobman Films’ Lati Grobman and Christa Campbell will all serve as the executive producers on the project, while Sam Schulte will co-produce on behalf of Millennium Media.