Dark Horse Comics
The well-meaning demon HELLBOY is making a comeback on the big screen, sans original director Guillermo del Toro and star Ron Perlman. Instead, Neil Marshall is taking the reins to helm this new iteration of the character and Stranger Things’ David Harbour is in talks to star as the titular demon. Sources also say Millennium Films is close to boarding the film.
Original comic creator Mike Mignola announced the news via a Facebook post. Originally appearing in 1993, the character is a demon summoned by Nazis from Hell to Earth in the midst of World War II. He was then found by Allied forces and raised by a professor, becoming a hero in his own right. His trademark look includes red skin, a tail, a large stone right hand, cloven hooves, and horns that he files down.
The character, portrayed by Perlman, first appeared on the big screen in del Toro’s 2004 film and then subsequently in the 2008 sequel, Hellboy II: The Golden Army.
Marshall is best known for his work directing TV, including Black Sails, Game of Thrones, and Westworld as well as horror and thriller films like The Descent. He’s represented by WME and Principato-Young Entertainment.
Most recently, Harbour gained acclaim for his role as Chief Hooper in Netflix’s Stranger Things and on the big screen, he’s appeared in Suicide Squad, Black Mass, and The Equalizer. He’s repped by ICM and Authentic Talent and Literary Management.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor