Hellboy’s David Harbour says reboot is Indiana Jones-esque, not an origin story

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Aug 21, 2017

We don’t know much about the Hellboy reboot, though star David Harbour has opened up to confirm fans won’t have to wait around for another origin story for the horned hero.

In an appearance on the Happy, Sad, Confused Podcast, Harbour (Stranger Things) confirmed this new film will not be an origin story. Instead, he said it’ll pick up in the thick of the action, while filling in a few of the gaps along the way. Considering anyone who walks into a Hellboy movie at this point likely knows what they’re getting into, diving into the action feels like the right approach. As for his version of Hellboy, Harbour said he wants to dive into the “psycho dynamic” of the character, with a bit less of the macho-charm that former star Ron Perlman exuded.

Here’s an excerpt from Harbour’s comments:

“There is something of [his origin], but it’s not really an origin story movie. We kind of pick up the movie like we’re running and gunning. We do have a little bit of stuff where we show stuff, but it really is a story and you just drop in with this guy. In a way, I feel like that’s kind of what Indiana Jones was. You start with him stealing the idol, but also you do go back to the university and you understand he’s an archeologist, but this is just a guy who goes and steals idols and fights Nazis and wants to steal the Arc of the Covenant. But you never go back when he’s a kid and you’re like, ‘How did he become Indiana Jones?’ It’s like no, we accept that this is Indiana Jones and I think that’s what our story does too. You accept that there’s this half-demon guy running around the world and being a paranormal investigator and solving crimes and also dealing with his own issues at the same time.”

The Indiana Jones comparisons feel like a great jumping on point, because those films are perfect examples of how to make that type of movie and do it right. The Hellboy reboot will be directed by Neil Marshall (The Descent), and is set to star Harbour, Ian McShane, Milla Jovovich, and Sasha Lane.

The new Hellboy is tentatively set for release in 2018.

Do you like what we’re hearing from the cast and crew? Are you glad they’re avoiding the origin story trope?

(Via Happy, Sad Confused, Comic Book Movie)