Despite the absence of both Ron Perlman and Guillermo Del Toro, the third installment in the dark fantasy "Hellboy" film series is still happening. However, instead of being a follow up to "Hellboy 2: The Golden Army," the next movie will essentially be a reboot of the series that will showcase the character in an entirely different light.

Essentially a horror comic book film

Under the direction of Neil Marshall, who broke through the scene with the movie "The Descent," the upcoming new film will reportedly be a lot darker than the two previous installments. The reboot, which has the working title "Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen," will apparently be a lot "darker" and "more gruesome" that the original movies.

This is according to one of its writers, Andrew Cosby, who had an interview with Silver Screen Beat. The writer's intention of going for an R-rated approach apparently was in-sync with the director's vision for the reboot as well.

The pieces are coming together

The comic's creator, Mike Mignola, was also involved in the writing of the script along with Christopher Golden. The first version of the screenplay has reportedly already been completed, which means that the movie may already be close to production. However, Cosby also disclaimed that they will still continue working on the script as the project moves forward, which means that changes may be made along the way. As of the moment, the "Stranger Things" star David Harbour is reportedly in talks to play the titular role.

Possible plot

Unfortunately, no detail about the movie's story has yet to be revealed as its producers continue to keep a tight lid on the project.

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However, based on the title, the horned demon and the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense will obviously be facing a creature called the "Queen of Blood." In the comics, the designation is actually for a British witch that is also known as "The Lady of the Lake." The witch was apparently driven mad by her powers, which led to her being imprisoned by her fellow witches.

The original "Hellboy" comic book series was created by Mignola back in 1993. Since its transition to the big screen in 2004, the franchise has generated a strong cult following. After its second installment was released in 2008, the franchise halted its production of the third movie due to issues with its budget. In the end, the movie's producers, which includes Larry Gordon, Lloyd Levin, and Mike Richardson, finally decided to just restart the franchise with a reboot movie.