Last week we learned that the new live action Hellboy a reboot was in the works for Millennium Media and the director Brian Taylor under the employee name Hellboy: Crooked Man. It’s a little out of left field, considering the series’ stock is still stagnant following the 2019 starring adaptation. David Harbour and the title itself sounded completely different from its predecessors. If the movie is already written, Collider itself Steve Weintraub Had to sit down with Taylor for an exclusive interview Hellboy.

Initially, Mike Mignola– created Hellboy came into the spotlight by the favorite director Guillermo del Toro with help from Ron Perlman as the eponymous demon savior. Together, they created a pair of films that managed to mix sharp humor with supernatural elements and a working-class hero in a way that stood out from the superhero movie crowd. Unfortunately, it didn’t get the third film that both del Toro and Perlman had always hoped for, and by 2008 things had become even more disappointing. Hellboy II: The Golden Army it showed that the franchise had come into its own. While the Harbor-led reboot tried (and failed) to recapture that magic, Taylor wants to take his version in a new direction. Speaking about his love for the franchise, he told Weintraub about his intention to follow Darkness. Crooked man comics ran and said:

“So, first of all, I love Hellboy, and my favorite character is this period. The GDT movies were massive space operas and just pure Del Toro. But some of the comics Mike (Mignola) was doing at the time had a completely different feel to his work. More lean and mean, a monstrous folk horror. A younger hell child roaming the dark corners of the world… A paranormal investigator, a night stalker… Especially Crooked the man is the same. great book – written by mike, drawn by richard corben, another myth. set in the late 50’s. that’s my favorite version of the character. that’s why this book appeals to me, to go back to that story and do something different. A real reset and give us that version of Hellboy that I don’t think we’ve seen yet.”

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Crooked man The comics saw Hellboy wandering through Appalachia in the 1950s, only to be exposed to a terrifying case of witchcraft surrounding a man named Tom Ferrell and his deal with the local Devil, the Crooked Man. Ferrell returns to his place as a witch to atone for his sins, and Hellboy joins forces with Cora, a local witch, to climb the mountains to the church in The Crooked Man’s domain. Mignola’s comic pulls no punches with some truly disturbing scenes from cannibalistic witches to the death of Tom’s father and even the Crooked Man himself, whose true form is nothing short of a nightmare.

Taylor wants to stay close to Mignola’s original work

Taylor confirmed that the new script will come with Mignola himself as a partner Christopher Gold. “We started with a draft by Mike and Chris. It’s interesting that a lot of what I’m doing is trying to bring it closer to the original comic than what they did.” Taylor said he plans to adapt Crooked man the comics stay close to the books and focus on everything you love about running. “I think the answer is both, you know? The comic will never translate directly to the screen, but I will tell you that my goal with the movie is to really honor and bring the original comics to life.”

Part of creation Crooked man work, but ensures that the graphic nature is not disturbed. Hellboy, Tom and Cora have the opportunity to describe the many horrors that happened when they went to Hurricane. Hellboy having an R rating that separates it from Marvel’s reigning PG-13. Fortunately for Taylor, Millennium agreed. “I’ve done an R-rated folk horror film and the Millennium team here has been nothing but supportive. It’s a great group of people and they love horror,” he added. He also stated that he and everyone else was behind the news Hellboy Realized this stuff needs to be rated R to do it right:

“We’ve definitely discussed, you know, making something R for R doesn’t serve anybody. It’s supposed to be R, so we have to add A, B, and C. But this material, this original material is dark. it’s scary and violent and adult. So we don’t want any shackles to really take it.”

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Hellboy: Crooked Man It will have three leaders

Given that the original comics were as much about Tom and Cora as they were about Hellboy, it’s no surprise that Taylor has revealed that his reboot will have three leads. That is, there will be no third lead Cora. “Besides HB himself, there’s Tom Ferrell, who comic book fans know … I think inspired the character. Manly Wade WellmanJohn Balladeer, of Strange talesGreat folk horror stories from the 50s and 60s,” he said. “Also, the new character that Mike created for the film version will be a surprise.”

As for who will play the three leads, Taylor could only tease the actors involved in the casting process. Hellboy might be the hardest. Perlman played the character with enough wit and charm to endear him to audiences and make him an icon during Port. for his part, was one of the few good things about the 2019 reboot. Finding a new Hell to match their talents is no small task. Of the big man himself, Taylor said, “I’m as excited to hear the news as everyone else. But we have a great cast that’s involved, and the goal is to create a younger version of Hellboy.” He hinted that they’re close to bringing other leads on board. could.

shooting for Hellboy: Crooked Man It starts in April

Casting announcements should be made soon after Taylor confirms filming Crooked man starts in April. Filming will take place primarily in Bulgaria, but the film will also be heading to Greece. In addition, production is carried out both on location and in the studio. Taylor teased that extensive scouting was done to find locations that perfectly suited the comic’s folk horror tone, as well as the 1950s look of Appalachia:

“We’ve done a lot of location research here, and the goal is to recreate rural Appalachia in the 1950s, and the locations we’re finding will really excite fans of the original comics. Because some of these places just seem to come from Direct Pages. There are so many exciting forests in Bulgaria!”

Weintraub likened fast-moving production to a freight train barreling ahead at full speed, bringing in the necessary parts as it moved, a sentiment Taylor strongly agreed with. “Yeah, it’s definitely a freight train. In fact, the movie literally starts on a freight train where you seem to have some sort of supernatural intuition.”

Before wrapping up, Weintraub asked him what he wanted to tell fans about the film. According to Taylor, this reboot is coming from a good place with Mignola directly involved and fans of the director:

“I want the fans to know that we’re coming at this movie from a place of love for the source material, for the character, for Mike’s character. We’re not trying to reinvent a completely different idea of ​​Hellboy — we’re trying to bring back the feeling of these books right in the middle.” . It’s something that hasn’t been seen on screen before, but I think it’s a version that die-hard Hellboy fans will want to see. Anyway, I’ll do it.”

Stay tuned to Collider for more on Taylor’s Hellboy restart. In the meantime, check out del Toro’s again Hellboy II: The Golden Army with the trailer below.