If you're a fan of the big red demon known as Hellboy, you're going to have a bit of a wait before you get to see his latest incarnation.
Lionsgate has set Jan. 11, 2019 as the release date for the Hellboy reboot, which was titled Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen at one point but is now just called Hellboy, like the original 2004 film. Neil Marshall (The Descent, Game of Thrones) is directing the R-rated tale, which will not follow the continuity of the two previous Hellboy movies helmed by Guillermo del Toro (the aforementioned 2004 origin story and 2008's Hellboy II: The Golden Army).
David Harbour (Stranger Things) is putting on the prosthetics as the title character, while the rest of the cast includes Milla Jovovich as the Blood Queen, Ian McShane as Hellboy’s adopted father Professor Broom, Sasha Lane as Alice Monaghan, Penelope Mitchell as a witch named Ganeida, and Daniel Dae Kim as Ben Daimio (the part originally played by Ed Skrein until accusations of whitewashing led him to voluntarily step down).
Hellboy's creator, comics writer Mike Mignola, has penned the screenplay along with Andrew Cosby and horror novelist Christopher Golden. With the R rating and the grittier style of Marshall, Mignola has said that this will be a darker and more horror-oriented take on Hellboy than we've seen in the past.
One thing we'll be curious to find out is just how this new Hellboy does with audiences. Neither of the two previous films was a runaway hit (the first grossed $99 million worldwide, the second $160 million) and it's been nearly a decade since Hellboy II came out. The new movie's direct competition on Jan. 11 is the sci-fi film Ad Astra starring Brad Pitt, but the following Friday, Jan. 18, brings the arrival of M. Night Shyamalan's Unbreakable/Split sequel Glass, which could well blow Hellboy and everything else out of the water that weekend.
How do you think the new Hellboy will do at the box office?
(via The Hollywood Reporter)