“So they’ve wrapped principal photography on the new HELLBOY movie,” Mignola wrote. “I wasn’t on set for this one, but they have been nice enough to send me dailies, and I have to say I have loved what I’ve been seeing. If fans have been waiting for a Hellboy film that is actually an adaptation of one of my stories, I think they are finally going to get one.”
Mignola went on to shower director Brian Taylor, the cast, and co-writer Chris Golden with praise for their efforts in capturing the essence of “The Crooked Man,” Mignola’s personal favorite Hellboy story.
He also expressed a wish that the late Richard Corben, the illustrator of “The Crooked Man,” could witness the film’s realization, acknowledging the team’s successful portrayal of Corben’s horrific character.
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The announcement of “Hellboy: The Crooked Man” came in February 2023 from Millennium Media, with production commencing the following month. Notably, this marks the first Hellboy film to have Mignola actively involved in a creative capacity, collaborating with Golden on the film’s script.
Based on the 2008 Eisner Award-winning comic “Hellboy: The Crooked Man,” the upcoming reboot will transport Hellboy and a rookie Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense agent to 1950s rural Appalachia.
Stranded in this haunting setting, the duo stumbles upon a small community plagued by witches and led by The Crooked Man, a local devil with a mysterious link to Hellboy’s past.
In March 2023, actor Jack Kesy was cast as Hellboy, joining the esteemed ranks of Ron Perlman in Guillermo del Toro’s beloved duology and David Harbour in the 2019 film reboot. Kesy’s dynamic acting ability and fitting stature were praised by Millennium Media co-president Jonathan Yunger, who described him as the perfect choice for portraying a younger Hellboy.
Kesy, known for his roles in films such as “Deadpool 2” and his collaboration with Millennium on “The Outpost” (2020), will be joined by talented actors Jefferson White, Adeline Rudolph, and Leah McNamara in the cast.
One notable departure from the previous Hellboy films is the decision to pursue an R-rated approach for “The Crooked Man.” While the beloved duology by del Toro was limited by its PG-13 rating, the new reboot aims to fully embrace the darker and more mature elements of Mignola’s source material.
Director Brian Taylor expressed his satisfaction with the studio’s support for an R-rated folk horror movie, stating that it was crucial to faithfully honor the tone and essence of the story without any creative restraints.
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As of now, “Hellboy: The Crooked Man” does not have an official release date. Fans eagerly await the opportunity to see Mignola’s vision come to life on the silver screen once again, promising a thrilling and faithful Hellboy adaptation that fans have been longing for.