When it was announced that there was going to be a Hellboy reboot and that Guillermo del Toro and Ron Perlman were not going to be involved the reaction was mixed. There were a lot of people that were sad that del Toro and Perlman wouldn't get the chance to make the third movie they've been pushing for for years. Mike Mignola decided against it though and now we're getting a reboot titled Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen.
The reboot currently has director Neil Marshall attached which means it's probably going to be completely insane. Marshall is known for hard as nails horror and action movies from The Descent, Dog Soldiers, Doomsday, and the movie that Michael Fassbender stared in before he hit it big Centurion. Marshall has the right eye for something like this and has been working hard on television for the last several years including directing episodes of Black Sails, Westworld, Hannibal, Constantine, and Game of Thrones.
At the moment star David Harbour is the only person attached to the movie in the title role but it looks like pre-production has started. Harbour posted a picture on instagram of himself being fitted for Hellboy's signature Right Hand of Doom.
The movie has a 2018 release date so it's not surprising that pre-production has already started. As the production moves forward we'll get a much clearer idea of what kind of movie is being made here and what it's going to look like. The fans of the original movies are going to be upset about this change regardless of anything Marshall or Harbour do but they should be encouraged to give the movie a chance. When this reboot comes out in 2018 it'll be ten years since we last saw a Hellboy movie. This is a rich universe and the world is more than ready for a supernatural and gory comic book movie in theaters. The audience is there so now Marshall and Harbour have to stick the landing.
Hellboy: Rose of the Blood Queen, directed by Neil Marshall, stars David Harbour. It will be released sometime in 2018.