Now that the new, "legendary AF" poster for the new Hellboy movie has made the rounds, featuring Stranger Things star and wedding officiator David Harbour as the title character, fans are eager to see an all-new reinvention of the half-demon for the silver screen.
While this is the third Hellboy movie, it's been made clear that director Neil Marshall's effort will not be connecting to Guillermo del Toro's in any way. Back in 2004, del Toro drew from some of his comic book origins for Hellboy. 2008's Hellboy II: The Golden Army, however, was an original story developed by del Toro himself.
Now, Hellboy creator Mike Mignola reveals to Deadline that there was some talk of finishing the story that Del Toro started.
"We went back and forth on that,” Mignola explained. “Early on there was some idea of continuing the storyline that del Toro had started but would that be fair to a new director? So we decided to just start over. Neil is a horror director so the idea then was to a make a darker film. If you are going to use a guy, let him do what he does best."
Some of that went in and reworking the story to help the film stand from the Hellboy that moviegoers are already familiar with. "We went through the script taking out the del Toro-isms and in some ways got out of our way to make sure we are doing a different Hellboy with its own distinct character, but still adhering to the comics."
This faithfulness to the source material echoes with what Mignola said back in March, with the screenplay adapting a trio of comic stories: Darkness Calls, The Wild Hunt, and The Storm and the Fury.
Even though Marshall is adhering closer to the source material, Mignola said the new film will still stand on its own. "They both started with the source material but then they each have led it in very different directions."
While this all sounds like great news, one can't help but wonder what del Toro would've pulled off had he gotten a chance to complete his trilogy. Are you excited to see an all-new Hellboy on the big screen? Let us know in the comments.