After a disappointing attempt to bring Hellboy back to live-action movie form in 2019, audiences can be forgiven for being skeptical about a fourth Hellboy movie – a second attempt to reboot the character in a few years in the form of a live action movie. But the next Hellboy picture sounds promising, as the director says he wants to capitalize on the “lean and mean, creepy folk horror” of the Hellboy story. The crooked man.
Hellboy: The crooked manboth the comic and the upcoming movie, tell a story set in the rural Appalachians of the 1950s. In the film, which will star a younger Hellboy, he and a rookie BPRD agent discover a small community that is haunted by witches, led by a local devil with a disturbing connection to Hellboy’s past: the Crooked Man,” according to an official synopsis.
Actor Jack Kesy (dead pool 2, The pressure) plays the role of Hellboy, taking over from Ron Perlman and David Harbour. brian taylor (Crane, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance) directs a script written by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and Chris Golden.
told Taylor Collider last month that Hellboy: The crooked man will be “a real reset” that will give audiences a live-action version of Hellboy “that I don’t think we’ve seen yet.”
“The (Guillermo del Toro) movies were huge space operas and pure Del Toro through and through,” Taylor said. “But some of the comics that Mike (Mignola) was doing at the time had a very different feel to it. More lean and mean, creepy folk horror. A younger Hellboy, who wanders the dark corners of the world… Paranormal investigator, night stalker (…) For me, it’s my favorite version of the character.”
Hellboy made his live action debut in 2004 Hellboyand director Guillermo del Toro followed that up with a sequel, Hellboy II: The Golden Armyin 2008. del Toro came up with the idea of a hell boy 3 in 2017, but after discussing it with Perlman and Mignola, he said: “100% the sequel will not happen.” This was later explained by the director changes in the film market – namely the drop in sales of Blu-ray and DVDs that resulted Hellboy a second life on home video and led to Columbia Pictures financing the sequel – were to blame. Mignola said so del Toro also pitched him on a hell boy 3 sequel to the comic bookwhich the creator of Hellboy refused.
Director Neil Marshall (The descent) gave Hellboy another chance in Hollywood in 2019, but his Hellboy was a critical and financial flop.