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Hellboy creator says new film will be more faithful to source material

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Mar 6, 2018

While we all wait for the new Hellboy film to come out next year, creator Mike Mignola assures fans the new movie will be more faithful to the original comics than the films made by Oscar-winner Guillermo Del Toro. Although del Toro’s first Hellboy film from 2004 was loosely based on the first comic series, Seed of Destruction, Mignola told Entertainment Weekly that “Del Toro was looking to reinvent everything.” 

And reinvent everything he did with the 2008 sequel, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, which was more of an original story. (To be fair, del Toro is a pretty inventive director.)

The upcoming reboot from director Neil Marshall, meanwhile, will be a much more faithful adaptation to the original comic. The upcoming Hellboy movie tells the story of Nimue the Blood Queen raising an army of demonic fairies to attack the human world. 

If that story sounds familiar, that's because it is. The storyline has been inspired by the storyline from Hellboy: The Wild Hunt, which ran from December 2008 through November 2009 and was later collected as a TPB in March 2010. In The Wild Hunt, written by Mignola and illustrated by Duncan Fegredo, Hellboy travels to England to participate in an ancient giant-hunting ritual, but soon confronts a far more dangerous adversary: Nimue, the Queen of Blood, who has plans to create an unstoppable army.

Mignola added that his involvement in the new film “has been very different than the del Toro movies.”

“I have been involved ever since they said, ‘Hey we’re gonna make another Hellboy movie, and we’re gonna do this story,’” he said. “I’ve bounced back and forth with them about how to adapt this particular Hellboy story. At various times I’ve jumped in and been much more active in the screenplay than I ever was on the del Toro movies.”

And although the new film is set to be a closer adaptation of the source material, Mignola told Entertainment Weekly that he “did nothing so far as design stuff on the movie.” 

“Guillermo wanted me as a concept artist, but on this movie, there were other concept artists. I came in and I looked at some stuff, but they were trying to do something so close to what’s on the comics that they really leaned on what had been done by Duncan and me in the comics,” Mignola said. “It’s got a whole different feel from the older movies.”

The new Hellboy features Milla Jovovich as the Blood Queen, Ian McShane as Hellboy’s human dad Professor Bruttenholm, and Stranger Things’ David Harbour taking on the role of the eponymous half-demon superhero in place of Ron Perlman. 

Hellboy is set to hit theatres on Jan. 11, 2019.

(Via EW)