Hellboy, the demonic superhero is poised to return to the big screen with David Harbour. Before he was the Great Beast, he was Officer Jim Hopper in Stranger Things. In a new interview, the 42-year-old revealed how the horror/sci-fi/thriller television series landed him the coveted comic book role.
The New Hellboy Rises
Right after Guillermo Del Toro, the director behind the first two Hellboy movies, announced that a third movie is in active development, Millenium announced a new installment that does not involve the filmmaker nor Ron Perlman, the actor who portrayed the red-skinned devil.
Instead, the studio is in negotiations with Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin to reboot and relaunch the franchise. The upcoming movie to be directed by Neil Marshall (The Descent, Game of Thrones) using a script penned by Andrew Cosby, Christopher Golden and Mike Mignola (the creator of Hellboy). Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen is the working title of the new installment.
Harbour will replace Perlman as the demonic superhero, but he promised that his take on the character will be different from earlier iterations. In an interview with Yahoo! Movies, the actor credited his new gig from his performance in Netflix’s Stranger Things.
“I would not be doing Hellboy if it wasn’t for Stranger Things,” the actor said about the popular horror series. “Hopper is a very complicated character and has a lot of levels. And he is heroic, but he’s messed up, and I think they want this for this Hellboy as well.”
He also shared that the upcoming movie will explore the character’s horrible fate and how, despite being an outsider, he still wants to do something good.
“Hellboy is kind of a neurotic, messed-up individual who’s destined for a horrible fate. He’s destined to become the beast of the apocalypse,” the actor pointed out. “Whenever he shows up and does the right thing, people throw beers at him and show up with pitchforks and he still manages to do the right thing. I think it’s funny and it’s sweet and it’s weird, and hopefully I can bring that to it as well.”
Permission To Continue The Story
When the reboot was announced, fans were not too happy that neither Perlman nor Del Toro is involved in the new franchise. However, it looks like Harbour has Perlman’s blessing to continue the story of the comic book superhero.
On Instagram, Perlman posted a photo from his lunch with Harbour and comedian Patton Oswalt. “Good luck, kid!” The caption read. “Signed, the babe.”
Not since Bill Clinton, Menachem Begin, and Anwar Sadat has there been such an epic summit yelding such a little result! Apparently Patton Oswalt aka balvenieboy thought it was a good idea to host @DavidKHarbour and yours truly for a detente dinner. The result: i gained 3 pounds and ruined my liver. Meanwhile, good luck kid! Signed, the babe.
When the reboot was first announced, both Perlman and Del Toro were not exactly happy. The two have been trying to bring the franchise back, but budget became a massive stumbling block. This completely killed the chances of ever getting a third movie to conclude the story.
On Twitter, the two expressed love and support for each other following the announcement.
Gettin alotta twitter love 2nite. Feelin it. Diggin it.
Much obliged, you, the faithful…
— Ron Perlman (@perlmutations) May 9, 2017
I LOVE you too Perl- https://t.co/94ljKRb6VI
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) May 9, 2017
Me too little bother. Together through life… https://t.co/ykKfqbSsZg
— Ron Perlman (@perlmutations) May 9, 2017
Hellboy Movie Reboot To Start Filming Soon
Meanwhile, in an interview with The Wrap, Harbour revealed that filming will start by September. He also confirmed that he already read the script and it is nothing short of spectacular.
The actor also praised Marshall, the director, who he says is really good and has “great” aesthetic. He also shared that they want to create a character-centric superhero movie to set itself apart from the dozens of comic book movies coming out every year.
Published in 1993, Hellboy was a massive success. It followed a demon fighting supernatural evildoers on behalf of an organization known as Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense.
In 2004, Del Toro co-wrote and directed the first big screen adaptation under Revolution Studios. It made over $60 million in the U.S. and another $40 million from the international market. The second installment from Universal grossed $76 million at the domestic box office and $84 million in other parts of the world.