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Hellboy reboot to be “darker, more gruesome” and R-rated

A Hellboy reboot is on the way (opens in new tab), we know that much, but what else has been revealed about the reboot, tentatively titled Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen? For one thing, it’s following in the comic book footsteps of Deadpool (opens in new tab) and Logan (opens in new tab) by shooting for an R-rating. It also sounds like the movie is going for a much darker tone than the Perlman/GDT entries.

Speaking to Silver Screen Beat (opens in new tab), writer Andrew Cosby gave up some details on what can be expected from the reboot starring everyone’s favourite chain-smoking demon. “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,” Cosby said.

Cosby went on to say that horror will be a major influence on the upcoming reboot, with director Neil Marshall also fully on-board with could prove to be a major departure from what made the first two Hellboy movies such cult classics, but keeping more in line with their comic book source material.

Cosby stated, “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 [Mike] Mignola does so well with the comics.”

So – a horror Hellboy. It’ll definitely feel like a reboot rather than a continuation of the old Hellboy movies, but is it a step too far for some fans? Let us know in the comments!

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