Hellboy will return to big screen with director Neil Marshall at the helm of the reboot and Stranger Things star David Harbour in the titular role. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Hellboy creator Mike Mignola explained how the new film will be faithful to source material while discussing his experience working on the project.
Mignola commented on how his involvement with the reboot was different than his role with the previous films directed by Guillermo del Toro:
“The difference is I had known Del Toro for six years by the time we did the first movie. Neil I met a couple months before he worked on the movie. It was very different, but I have been involved ever since they said ‘Hey we’re gonna make another Hellboy movie, and we’re gonna do this story.’ 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. But I 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 [Fegredo] and me in the comics.”
The new Hellboy film will be based on a story depicted over the Darkness Calls, The Wild Hunt, and The Storm and the Fury comics and Mignola discussed how the reboot will be faithful to the source material:
“The first film was based on one of the comics, but Del Toro was looking to reinvent everything. I think the difference is here, the bulk of the Fegredo arc takes place in the real world. So instead of making up a whole fantasy world, it was, ‘Let’s find locations that feel like these real-world locales that Duncan drew in the comic.’ I think the bulk of the characters in the film are established in the comic. It was insane for me to walk in there and see that someone did a really nice rendering of a creature I created or Duncan created. It’s got a whole different feel from the older movies. Duncan’s not working on it, but I did see stuff in the movie that was so close to what Duncan drew, more so than what was in the previous movies. It was pretty exciting.”
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Directed by Neil Marshall, Hellboy also stars Ian McShane as Hellboy’s adoptive father, Sasha Lane as Alice Monaghan, Penelope Mitchell as Ganeida, Daniel Dae Kim as Major Ben Daimio, Sophie Okonedo as Lady Hatton, Brian Gleeson as Merlin, Alistair Petrie as Lord Adam Glaren, and Milla Jovovich as The Blood Queen.
Hellboy is scheduled to be released in theaters on January 11, 2019.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
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