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The Making of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – An Oral History

Luke Owen interviews the people behind 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

These interviews are taken from Lights, Camera, Game Over!: How Video Game Movies Get Made – available now from all good book sellers.

By the end of the 1990s, the idea of turning a video game into a movie wasn’t high on the list of priorities for Hollywood studios. The failures of Super Mario Bros. and Double Dragon vastly outweighed the box office (though not critical) successes of Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat. However in 1996 a video game character graced TV screens around the world and quickly became a pop culture icon. Her name was Lara Croft and her game, Tomb Raider, was a smash-hit on PC, PlayStation and Saturn, and her sequel, Tomb Raider II, made her a household name. “While there had always been adventure games before Tomb Raider, we had just gotten into an age
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Summit’s ‘Hellboy’ Set for 2019, ‘Kin’ to Open Next August

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Summit’s ‘Hellboy’ Set for 2019, ‘Kin’ to Open Next August
Lionsgate will open 2019 with a superhero film, as the studio’s Summit imprint has dated “Hellboy,” featuring “Stranger Things” star David Harbour in the title role, for Jan. 11. Summit will also release “Kin,” a sci-fi crime thriller starring “The Disaster Artist” headliner James Franco, on Aug. 31, 2018. Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin and Mike Richardson are producing “Hellboy,” which also stars Milla Jovovich and Daniel Dae Kim. Ed Skrein was originally cast in Kim’s role as Ben Daimio, who is written as Japanese-American in the comic books the film is based on. Also Read: 'Hellboy': First Look at
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Hellboy Rounds Out Its Cast with Three More Actors

Hellboy Rounds Out Its Cast with Three More Actors
With Lionsgate's Hellboy gearing up for production, three new actors have come aboard, playing characters from the original Hellboy comics that wernen't featured in the original movies from director Guillermo del Toro. Sophie Okonedo, Brian Gleeson and Alistair Petrie have all signed on for the reboot, with Okonedo playing Lady Hatton, Gleeson playing Lord Adam Galen and Alistair Petrie playing the iconic wizard Merlin. It isn't known how large or small their roles may be in this reboot, but it's clear that this project is taking a much different approach than the first two movies.

Lady Hatton was featured in the 2007 comic Hellboy: The Wild Hunt, a resident seer at the Osiris Club, an English secret society dedicated to solving supernatural mysteries. Lord Adam Glaren is another member of the Osiris Club, with Merlin the same mythical wizard from the King Arthur legend. In the Hellboy comics, he meets
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‘Hellboy': First Look at ‘Stranger Things’ Star David Harbour as Hero in Reboot (Photo)

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‘Hellboy': First Look at ‘Stranger Things’ Star David Harbour as Hero in Reboot (Photo)
Stranger Things” star David Harbour is unrecognizable under mounds of prosthetics as superhero Hellboy in Lionsgate’s first still from Neil Marshall’s upcoming reboot of the movie franchise based on the comic-book of the same name. The studio released the photo Wednesday (see below). The actor also tweeted, “Please allow to introduce myself, I’m a man of wealth and taste…” Please allow to introduce myself, I'm a man of wealth and taste…#hellboy pic.twitter.com/nmRvN4MVk6 — David Harbour (@DavidKHarbour) September 13, 2017 Also Read: Daniel Dae Kim Will Replace Ed Skrein in 'Hellboy' Reboot: 'It's Official,
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New Hellboy Reboot Image Reveals David Harbour as Hellboy

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Armed and dangerous with sawed-off horns, the first full image of David Harbour as Hellboy in the upcoming reboot has been revealed. All it's missing is a cigar...

The first full image of Harbour as Hellboy was posted on the Twitter pages for both the new film (titled Hellboy) and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola. You can view the image below, which gives fans a look at the latest actor to play the demon with a good heart, following Ron Perlman's take on the character in Guillermo del Toro's previous two films based on Mike Mignola's seminal comic book series.

Back in May, it was reported that a Hellboy reboot was moving forward at Lionsgate and Millennium with Neil Marshall (The Descent) in the director's chair and Harbour (Stranger Things, Suicide Squad) playing Hellboy.

In addition to Harbour, the new Hellboy film stars Mila Jovovich as the Blood Queen,
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By Turning Down ‘Hellboy,’ Ed Skrein Shows Us How It’s Done

In an unprecedented move, actor Ed Skrein has withdrawn from a major film due to his character’s whitewashing. Skrein, a white, British-born actor of Austrian-Jewish descent, was slated to play Ben Daimio in the upcoming “Hellboy” film reboot, a character that is Japanese-American in the original comic series. News of his casting made its way quickly around the web with various groups, ranging from devoted “Hellboy” fans to racial representation advocates, stoking an onslaught of outcry on social media. As a result of the widespread critiques, Skrein released a Twitter statement on Aug. 28 that sympathized with the outrage. “I accepted the role unaware that the character in the original comics was of mixed Asian heritage…. I must do what I feel is right,” he said. “Representation of ethnic diversity is important, especially to me as I have a mixed heritage family.” In a joint statement also released Aug. 28, “Hellboy
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Ed Skrein Praised for Dropping 'Hellboy' Role After Whitewashing Criticism

Ed Skrein Praised for Dropping 'Hellboy' Role After Whitewashing Criticism
Ed Skrein took a definitive stand against whitewashing in Hollywood by stepping down from his role in Hellboy recently.

The British actor, perhaps best known for his portrayal of villain Ajax in last year's blockbuster Deadpool, was met with praise from fans for his decision. He explained his reasoning in a poignant post to Twitter Monday.

"Last week it was announced that I would be playing Major Ben Daimio in the upcoming Hellboy reboot," he wrote. "I accepted the role unaware that the character in the original comics was of mixed Asian heritage.
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‘Hellboy’ Whitewashing Controversy: 5 Japanese Actors Who Could Take on the Embattled Role

‘Hellboy’ Whitewashing Controversy: 5 Japanese Actors Who Could Take on the Embattled Role
Early last week, white British actor Ed Skrein joined the cast of Neil Marshall’s upcoming “Hellboy” reboot, a casting choice that was immediately derided for its whitewashing of Skrein’s character, a Japanese-American Marine named Ben Daimio (whose family tree includes no less than a famous Japanese spy and war criminal, who also appears in the John Arcudi and Mike Mignola comic book series). In short order, Skrein did something wholly remarkable: he dropped out of the project after learning about Daimio’s heritage.

Read More:‘Hellboy’ Whitewashing: Ed Skrein Steps Down From Playing Japanese-American Comic Character

In an official statement, the actor made it clear that he believed the choice was what was “right,” noting that portraying the part in “a culturally accurate way” was clearly important for audiences (Skrein also pointed to his own “mixed heritage” family in the statement, which you can read here). In a
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Hellboy Reboot Gets Deadpool Star Ed Skrein

Hellboy Reboot Gets Deadpool Star Ed Skrein
A report surfaced last week that revealed a number of Hellboy characters from the comics will be featured in the new Hellboy reboot, such as Abe Sapien, Alice Monaghan, played by the most recent casting addition, Sasha Lane, and Ben Daimio. Today we have word that Ed Skrein, who is coming off his villainous role as Ajax in last year's Deadpool, will play Major Ben Daimio, who is described as a "rugged military member" of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (B.P.R.D.). It's possible that Abe Sapien's casting will be just around the corner, as we get closer to a September production start.

The Hollywood Reporter reveals that this B.P.R.D. character Ben Daimio can transform himself into a jaguar, when he's angered or when he's in pain. While Abe Sapien was featured in the original Hellboy movies, starring Ron Perlman and directed by Guillermo del Toro,
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Hellboy Reboot Adds American Honey Star Sasha Lane

Hellboy Reboot Adds American Honey Star Sasha Lane
Just one day after a report surfaced claiming the new Hellboy reboot will feature the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense (B.P.R.D.) and comic book characters such as Abe Sapien, Alice Monaghan and Ben Daimio, the Alice character has been cast. Sasha Lane, the 21-year-old actress who made her breakthrough feature film debut with last year's American Honey, is in final negotiations to play Alice Monaghan, who in the original Mike Mignola comics was a love interest for Hellboy (David Harbour). It isn't clear at this time how many more major characters have yet to be cast, but this diverse ensemble is coming together quite quickly.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news on this casting earlier today, while also confirming a report from May that the Hellboy reboot starts filming in September. While it isn't clear who will play Abe Sapien or Ben Daimio quite yet, Sasha Lane
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‘Hellboy’ Reboot Casts ‘American Honey’ Star Sasha Lane

‘Hellboy’ Reboot Casts ‘American Honey’ Star Sasha Lane
American Honey” star Sasha Lane has joined David Harbour in the Lionsgate-Millennium’s “Hellboy” reboot.

Harbour will star as the titular demonic hero, based on the Mike Mignola comic books. The film is titled “Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen.”

Lane will play the role of Alice Monaghan, who is rescued in the origin stories by Hellboy from the fairies that kidnapped her. Milla Jovovich and Ian McShane also are attached to star.

The Descent” director Neil Marshall is on board to helm. The new story sees Harbour’s hero squaring off against a sorceress who seeks to destroy humankind. The project will shoot in the U.K. and Bulgaria.

Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin are producing along with Mike Richardson of Dark Horse Entertainment.

The previous two films starred Ron Perlman as the title character and scored at the box office, with the last one, “Hellboy II: The Golden Army,” grossing $160 million worldwide.
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Milla Jovovich joins cast of Hellboy reboot, Hellboy Rise of The Blood Queen

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Author: Zehra Phelan

Resident Evil’s Milla Jovovich has been confirmed as the newest addition to the cast of the Neil Marshall helmed Hellboy reboot, Hellboy Rise of the Blood Queen.

Related: Hellboy Rise of the Blood Queen News

Jovovich will play the role of the leading villainess The Blood Queen in the film which is titled Hellboy Rise of the Blood Queen, this news follows on from the announcement that Game of Thrones star, Ian McShane, will take on the role of Hellboy’s adoptive father Professor Broom. Stranger Things David Harbour will play Hellboy who was made famous by Ron Perlman.

In recent interviews, Marshall has been open in why he has decided to change up the tone on the reboot for a more adult themed movie.

“We can make the movie we want to make,” he said. “It’s not like I’m going to force it to be R-rated,
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Milla Jovovich Is the Blood Queen in Hellboy Reboot

Milla Jovovich Is the Blood Queen in Hellboy Reboot
Just one week after Ian McShane signed on to play Professor Broom, the long-awaited Hellboy reboot has finally found its Blood Queen. Milla Jovovich is reportedly in final talks to play The Blood Queen in Lionsgate's new Hellboy adventure, alongside David Harbour as the title character. The production has also brought on another writer, with Aron Coliete (Heroes) taking a crack at the script that has been worked on by Andrew Crosby, Christopher Golden and Hellboy creator Mike Mingola.

Deadline broke the casting news earlier today, although it remains to be seen how many more pivotal characters will need to be cast before all is said and done. Still, this project has come together rather quickly, from Mike Mingola's initial Hellboy reboot announcement in May, which included the news of David Harbour starring as Hellboy and Neil Marshall directing. The script by Andrew Crosby had already been completed when the news was announced,
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Milla Jovovich Sets Sights on Antagonist Role in Neil Marshall’s New Hellboy Movie

With her war against the Umbrella Corporation behind her (for now) in the Resident Evil franchise, Milla Jovovich is looking to take on a beloved demon in what could be her next movie.

Deadline reports that Jovovich is in "final talks" to play the Blood Queen, "a medieval sorceress" looking to put an end to humanity as we know it in the Hellboy reboot.

Back in May, it was reported that a Hellboy reboot was moving forward at Lionsgate and Millennium with Neil Marshall (The Descent) in the director's chair and Harbour (Stranger Things, Suicide Squad) playing Hellboy, who was portrayed by Ron Perlman in Guillermo del Toro's previous two films based on Mike Mignola's seminal comic book series.

In addition to Harbour, Jovovich would join Ian McShane in the cast, as it was recently revealed that the American Gods and Deadwood actor will play the role of Professor Broom,
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Ian McShane Joins The ‘Hellboy’ Reboot

Ian McShane has joined the Hellboy reboot for director Neil Marshall. The Hellboy reboot, which is set to start filming in the U.K. and Bulgaria in September, is titled Hellboy: Rise Of The Blood Queen, and sees David Harbour take over the title character from Ron Perlman. More on the Ian McShane Hellboy news below.

Ian McShane Hellboy news: British actor set to join reboot

Ian McShane will play Hellboy’s adoptive father Professor Trevor Bruttenholm in the forthcoming movie, which is based on the popular comic book series by Mike Mignola. The Descent and frequent Game Of Thrones director Marshall is helming, while Mike Richardson, Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin are producing.

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Hellboy was created by writer-artist Mike Mignola and first
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Ian McShane Joins David Harbour in ‘Hellboy’ Reboot

Ian McShane Joins David Harbour in ‘Hellboy’ Reboot
Ian McShane has joined David Harbour in Lionsgate and Millennium’s “Hellboy” reboot.

Harbour will star as the titular demonic hero from Mike Mignola’s comic books in the new film, titled “Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen.” McShane will play Hellboy’s adoptive father, Professor Trevor Broom.

The Descent” director Neil Marshall is on board to helm. The new story sees Harbour’s hero squaring off against a sorceress who seeks to destroy humankind.

The project is eyeing a September start and will shoot in the U.K. and Bulgaria.

Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin are producing along with Mike Richardson of Dark Horse Entertainment.

The previous two films starred Ron Perlman as the title character and scored at the box office, with the last one, “Hellboy II: The Golden Army,” grossing $160 million worldwide.

McShane currently stars on Starz’s “American Gods,” which has earned him some of his best reviews of his career since toplining
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Ian McShane to Play Professor Broom in Neil Marshall’s Hellboy: Rise Of The Blood Queen

David Harbour now has some company in the upcoming Hellboy reboot, as Ian McShane has reportedly been cast as Professor Broom, the man who adopts the demon Hellboy as his own son.

The news of McShane's casting comes from THR, who revealed that the American Gods and Deadwood actor will play the role performed by the late, great John Hurt in Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy and Hellboy II: The Golden Army.

Back in May it was reported that a Hellboy reboot was moving forward at Lionsgate and Millennium with Neil Marshall (The Descent) in the director's chair and Harbour (Stranger Things, Suicide Squad) playing Hellboy, who was portrayed by Ron Perlman in the previous two films based on Mike Mignola's seminal comic book series.

According to THR, the creative team behind Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen is aiming to start filming in the UK and Bulgaria this September.
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Lionsgate in Talks to Pick Up 'Hellboy' Reboot

Lionsgate in Talks to Pick Up 'Hellboy' Reboot
The Hellboy reboot that will star Stranger ThingsDavid Harbour as the title character may have found a home.

Lionsgate is in final negotiations to pick up the project, which is titled Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen and has Neil Marshall on board to direct, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin are producing, as is Mike Richardson of Dark Horse Entertainment.

Hellboy is a unique franchise in that so far each installment has been released by a different studio. Adapting the works of comic creator Mike Mignola, the first movie was made by Revolution Studios and...
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Exploring the deleted footage from Event Horizon

Padraig Cotter Jun 20, 2017

Just what's in the never-to-be-seen director's cut of Event Horizon? We take a look at what we know...

Big spoilers lie ahead for Event Horizon

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Paul W S Anderson wouldn’t be considered one of the all-time great auteurs. He’s a director heavily inspired by the genre output of John Carpenter, James Cameron, George Miller, Walter Hill and many others, but while those directors often infuse their work with recurring themes or subtext, Anderson is often just about B-movie thrills. His work is filled with exciting action and pretty visuals, but when the characters start talking it’s usually just to motivate the next setpiece.

That said, there’s something kind of pure about how ruthlessly he strips his movies to the bone. Take Resident Evil: Retribution, for example, the fifth entry in the movie franchise. It’s got arguably the best setpieces, the most creative production design and an assortment of pretty people firing machine guns, but it’s virtually plot-free and calling the characters one note would suggest they had a note to start with. If you surrender to his cinematic sensory overloads you’ll (usually) have a good time; if you stop and question anything that happens, you probably won’t.

Even filmmakers with a less than stellar reputation usually have one movie even their distracters will give them a pass for. Michael Bay has The Rock, Jan De Bont has Speed and Paul has Event Horizon, his nightmarish sci-fi horror movie. Like most of his output the plot is relatively straight forward; an experiential spaceship returns from a black hole after disappearing seven years earlier, and a rescue team are sent to investigate.

Hell literally breaks loose.

It’s not a perfect movie and has telltale signs of re-editing - more on this in a moment – but it remains a disturbing, visceral chiller loaded with a suffocating atmosphere of dread. It’s the rare big budget horror flick that actually gets under the skin and has a quality cast to boot, including Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill and Hello to Jason Isaacs. Despite being considered Anderson’s best work it was a bomb back in 1997, making back less than half its budget and receiving mediocre reviews.

While it didn’t bother the accounting department of Paramount on release, the cult of Event Horizon steadily grew over the years, and it started doing tidy business on DVD. Soon stories of the troubled post-production grew among the fanbase, including the near-legendary screening of a hastily edited rough cut that had executives running for the door. Due to the movie’s tight production schedule, Anderson was only left with four weeks to assemble the first cut, instead of the usual ten. This resulted in an edit that ran just over two hours, but the lack of time to finesse it resulted in slack pacing, unfinished effects sequences and a terrible sound edit.

Then there was the gore. Oh yes, the gore.

While Paramount had looked in on the production early on, they mostly left Anderson to his own devices during the shoot in England, so they weren’t expecting the high level of viscera he unleashed. This rough cut was loaded with stomach churning scenes and imagery, which apparently caused some of the test audience to faint. Needless to say, Paramount were not happy with their young director, demanding a sweeping re-edit to dial back the nastiness and the runtime be cut to around ninety minutes. While Anderson knew Event Horizon needed tightening, he felt the released version was too short and could have benefited from more character building scenes and reinserting some of the gore.

Sadly he probably won’t get the chance to release a director’s cut, since the film came out prior to the rise in special edition DVDs. The unused footage was packaged off to a Transylvanian salt mine for storage, so when he came looking for the footage it was in such poor shape it was no longer usable. Anderson himself has recently reaffirmed this, seemingly dashing any hope of the lost footage re-emerging from a black hole, like the titular ship itself.

So what hit the editing room floor? To start with, there were a few more scenes centred on the supporting characters and examining their fears. We learned Cooper’s biggest fear is losing someone he cares about, which is why he’s so upset when his chum Justin nearly kills himself. There was a backstory for DJ’s (Jason Isaacs) body scar, which was the result of childhood operations, and he would have revealed his big fear is being dissected alive; sadly, that one doesn’t work out well for him. There was also an extension of the scene where Peters hallucinates her son with horrible wounds on his legs, where she would have also seen maggots crawling all over them.

Justin featured prominently in a deleted jump scare too, where the crew are gathered around his cryo-pod after his suicide attempt. While the others discuss what happened, Sam Neill’s Dr Weir briefly hallucinated Justin turning into his late wife, who stares at him despite her notable lack of eyes. The flashback to her suicide was also bloodier and more harrowing, but it’s reduced to quick flashes in the final cut.

The special edition DVD managed to find a couple of deleted moments, including a briefing scene establishing the re-emergence of the Event Horizon. There was a disconcerting moment where Captain Miller initially explores the ship and finds a strange object floating around. He snatches it out of the air to finds it’s a tooth with bits of gum still attached.

The creepiest deletion comes from the finale, during the scene where a cryo-tank fills with blood and unleashes a torrent towards Joely Richardson’s Starck. A brief extension has Dr Weir – who has now gone full-blown demonic - crawling down the ladder like a spider, smiling at the fleeing crew members. It doesn’t add much, but the sight of a naked, blood-soaked Sam Neill is one that lingers in the mind. Neill’s body make-up in the finale was also quite elaborate and detailed, but in the final edit he’s mostly only seen in tight close-ups on his face.

The scene that haunts the nightmares of anyone who’s seen Event Horizon is the video revealing the fate of the original crew, who literally tear each other to pieces. The crew log is edited in quick cuts showcasing all manners of mutilation, with one chap pulling his own guts out through his mouth. Despite only running for twenty seconds a lot more footage was shot, which would have earned an Nc-17 without breaking a sweat.

Effects supervisor Dave Bonneywell has described his time shooting the sequence and some of the gruesome details that didn’t make it. Deleted shots include a female crew member who had her mouth held open by clamps, while a crazed guy performs amateur dentistry by drilling screws into her teeth. Another unlucky chap has his legs smashed apart by steel bars and crawls away leaving parts of them behind, while another crew member had her breasts torn off. The scene also included more cannibalism and sex, with adult performers being hired to simulate the errr, intensity of the scene. The director realised most of it probably wouldn't be used, but he filmed it regardless.

While it’s sad a director's cut likely won't happen, Event Horizon remains a solid big budget horror film with some memorable sequences, and its reputation is only likely to grow in the years ahead. Maybe hope isn’t entirely lost though. While chatting with the San Diego Reader about Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, Anderson mentioned Event Horizon’s producer Lloyd Levin recovered an old VHS tape that possibly contained his original cut. Despite this the two men haven’t been in the same place at the same time to have a look, so neither of them know what’s on the tape.

Mr Levin, if you ever read this, maybe break out the old video machine and have a quick peek.
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Hellboy Reboot In Talks With Stranger Things Star; Aims for R-Rating

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The once-unforeseen Hellboy reboot is on its way to becoming a reality, as the film aims for an r-rating, a Stranger Things star to play the lead, and a director who is no stranger to brutality.  Come inside for more!

Everyone's favorite demonic comic book hero is on his way back to the big screen with a different production company and potentially a new lead actor playing the titular character and a new director.  Millenium is currently in talks with producers Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin to produce an R-rated reboot of Hellboy.

As of now, the Hellboy reboot has a working title of Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen.  It even has a script written by Andrew Cosby, Christopher Golden and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola.  All it needs now are its Director-Star combo!

A few years removed from Guillermo Del Toro and Ron Perlman's stint with the Dark Horse Comics character,
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