In the early years of this century, long before Hollywood was spewing out superhero film after superhero film, 2004's "Hellboy" was a risky venture that proved effective. Now, nearly 10 years after the franchise's last installment, a reboot is in the works. This time, unfortunately, Guillermo Del Toro will not take the reigns.

Mike Mignola's announcement

Mike Mignola announced the new venture to his fans over Facebook. "Okay, here's some news" Mignola wrote. "There IS going to be another Hellboy Movie. It's going to be an R-rated reboot directed by Neil Marshall ("The Descent," "Game Of Thrones") and starring David Harbour ("Stranger Things") as Hellboy." Mike finished the announcement with a simple "More news to come soon."

It was initially announced by Mike Mignola that "Game of Thrones" director Neil Marshall will take over the directorial chair for the project, along with rising star and "Stranger Things" actor David Harbour would be taking the lead role as Hellboy.

It's not a huge shock to be seeing Marshall take on an R-rated subject after his work on "The Descent" – also his work on "Constantine" proves he's more than capable of directing a comic book movie.

David Harbour is fairly new to the acting world, his talent only getting noticed in the past few years for his roles in "The Equalizer" and "Stranger Things." Because of his young career, It's equally exciting to see what he can do differently in the skin of the red demon. Harbour had his own way of owning up to the announcement over Twitter, he simply posted a comic book Illustration of Hellboy with the words "Hellboy?"

Producers Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin, and Mike Richardson recently signed on to the project -- Gordon being the producer of "Hellboy" in 2004. It's interesting to note that he will be the only name returning to the title.

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Gordon's work since the original film shows great promise, titles such as "Watchmen" and 2018's "The Predator" are tied to Gordon's name.

The fans

Guillermo Del Toro and Ron Perlman, the original "Hellboy" team, comforted one another over Twitter in light of the new announcement. "Gettin alotta twitter love 2nite. Feelin it. Diggin it. Much obliged, you, the faithful..." Said Perlman. Del Toro replied with a swift "I LOVE you too Perl-". Though the two were adamant there would be no third installment with their involvement, they seem thrilled to see where the franchise can go.

But, in response to the announcement that Del Toro and Perlman will no longer be a part of the franchise, some fans took to the internet to voice their opinions:

Del Toro's 2004 adaptation of the comic saw above-average reviews and thoroughly pleased fans of the character.

Raking in a moderate $81 million at the box office over a $66 million budget. As saddening as it is to see the ship leave without the famous duo, Neil Marshall and David Harbour are definitely more than capable of doing something impeccable with the roles. With this information, it's fairly safe to assume; with the prominence of R-rated superhero films at the moment, that the long-awaited "Hellboy 3" will satisfy fans' needs for the return of the dark, fantastical superhero.