The Hellboy franchise is getting an R-rated movie reboot, courtesy of director Neil Marshall (The Descent, Game of Thrones). The intent with the movie is to create an adaptation that’s closer to the original comics in terms of tone, and one of the writers of the movie’s screenplay has said that the horror feel to the film has been upped significantly as a result.
Screenwriter Andrew Cosby (Haunted, Eureka) got a moment to speak with Silver Screen Beat about the reboot (which was announced on Monday) and mentioned that the new film is going to adhere more closely to the source material by being scarier in nature:
“I can’t really talk about specifics with regard to the story, which they’re keeping a pretty tight lid on at the moment, but I can say that this is a darker, more gruesome version of Hellboy. Neil [Marshall] said from the very beginning that he wanted to walk a razor’s edge between horror and comic book movie, which was music to my ears, because that’s what I was shooting for in the script, and precisely what Mignola does so well with the comics.”
Cosby noted that the film’s script is already complete and that the people involved are happy with it, but the people involved are still working as hard as they can with his screenwriter Christopher Golden and series creator Mike Mignola to make the best possible Hellboy movie that they can.
Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen does not yet have a release date, but it may begin filming this September if everything falls into place. The picture will star Stranger Things actor David Harbour.
Source: Silver Screen Beat
Independent Comics Perfect For TV
I really don’t understand why so many great, independent comics are being ignored by Hollywood executives.
Marvel and DC dominated television in 2016 with the Arrowverse bringing the Legends of Tomorrow into the mix and Netflix adding both Jessica Jones and Luke Cage to their expanding list of original titles. Comic book films also did well in the box office last year, even if the critics weren’t always too happy, so it seems from an investment perspective comic book properties are still a good bet. Independent comics are full of characters and concepts that have the potential to become the next big thing. Fortunately, with Valiant’s recent announcement of an online Ninjak series and FX finally naming a show runner for their Y:The Last Man adaptation, it seems comic fans have a lot to look forward to in the years ahead.
Here’s a list of 10 more comics ripe for the silver screen. Click Next to start!