David Harbour On ‘Hellboy’ Reboot’s Tone, Script & Planned Start Date

David Harbour on the Hellboy reboot, Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen. He talks the script, the film's darker tone and the planned start date.


Stranger Things star David Harbour has already wrapped shooting on Season 2 of the Netflix series and is now set to star in a brand new Hellboy reboot, which is entitled Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen. After just being announced last month, the film is already moving forward at a break neck pace, with Harbour revealing just yesterday that he has already been fitted for the character’s signature Right Hand of Doom. Now, the actor is sharing some more details about the reboot.

In a recent interview with The Wrap, Harbour revealed when the film might go into production, stating, “We’re supposed to go in September, I hope.”

The actor also spoke a bit about the tone of the reboot and his thoughts on the film’s script:

“It’s good. It’s a whole new thing. I’d always been a fan of the comics and there’s a darker tone to it and I think in the climate we have now there’s kind of a darker… a desire for more of that… the script is good and this guy Neil Marshall is directing who’s really good and the aesthetic is great.”

Harbour recently stated that he doesn’t think he would have landed the role in this new film if not for Stranger Things. He reaffirmed that statement here, before speaking on the character’s anti-hero quality and saying he wants it to be more of a character piece:

“It’s a character that I love, and sort of in the way, I think Mike [Mignola] and a bunch of other people saw me in ‘Stranger Things’ and wanted me to play Hellboy and I think he has some parallels to him. I think he’s another complicated anti-hero who is not strictly good or bad, he’s just trying to do the right thing. I think he’s a demon, he’s crazy, and he’s also sweet and vulnerable and neurotic […] so there’s a lot of complexity there.

“So often, the superhero movies can be really fun and I want this to be really fun, but I also want it to be more of a character piece and more about this dude’s struggle. I think it could be interesting. I don’t know, I just hope we make a good movie. We’ll see. You be the judge!”

Harbour recently compared the new reboot, which is set to be directed by Neil Marshall (“The Descent,” “Dog Soldiers”), to Guillermo del Toro’s first two Hellboy films, which starred Ron Perlman as the titular character. It sounds like it is the goal of everyone involved in this new take to veer closer to the comic book version of the character rather than how the world was portrayed in the previous films and these new comments gel with that.

Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen is set to be released in theaters in 2018. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news!

Source: The Wrap