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In a New York City dinner arranged by actor Patton Oswalt, former Hellboy and Sons of Anarchy star Ron Perlman met with upcoming Hellboy and Stranger Things sheriff David Harbour. According to Screen Rant, the meeting is thought to be a way for the two to discuss the upcoming Hellboy reboot. This comes following the news that former Hellboy director Guillermo del Toro and Perlman would no longer be involved in the project as it would be a reboot rather than a continuation of the series that included Hellboy and Hellboy II: The Golden Army.
A picture of the trio at their dinner can be found on Twitter, as Oswalt posted a shot with the caption reading: “The summit dinner was a smashing success. Now, to launch my new pop duo, Hellboyz.”
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Another recent bit of information was confirmed after rumors that the title of the new film by Millenium Films would be called Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen, an allusion to one of Big Red’s enemies, with queen Nimue as well as one of the graphic novels, The Wild Hunt. In response, the title was confirmed to just be Hellboy by a representative at Lionsgate. However, reports that Milla Jovovich is in final talks to play The Blood Queen still stand strong. While it’s not confirmed if this will be the same London witch that dragged Hellboy down to the depths of hell in a dramatic encounter with the witch taking the form of a dragon, it would make sense considering Hellboy creator Mike Mignola is playing a large part in the movie’s production and the character plays a major role in the cat-loving demon’s journey.
New director Neil Marshall, who worked on The Descent, Game of Thrones and Westworld, will helm the newest Hellboy and has said that, unlike del Toro’s films, the new titles will have an R-rating. This likely comes as a result of successful R-rated superhero movies Logan and Deadpool and isn’t all that shocking considering the violent nature of the Hellboy graphic novel, a side effect of a big demon taking on bigger creatures of the night with nothing more than his right hand made of stone and a revolver bigger than a grown man’s head.
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While the first two films didn’t break the box office by any means, with the original earning nearly $100 million worldwide and the sequel making $160 million according to boxofficemojo.com, the Hellboy franchise has built itself up quite nicely with spinoff comics, video games, apparel and cartoon movies. For instance, a Hellboy online slot machine can be searched and played on 32Red online casino. The game, trying to showcase as much of the universe as possible, features characters like Liz Sherman, Abe Sapien and Johann Krauss all in the hand-drawn style of Mike Mignola that the early comics featured.
Although the gameplay works like any other slot machine with spinning tiles, the novelty of seeing the B.P.R.D. is something we never thought we’d see from a gambling video game. It seems that the title has done well for itself, as it’s also featured on sites including Slotsumo and 777. The two iGaming hubs also feature multiple popular casino slots such as Jurassic World and Crazy Monkey, so it’s impressive and maybe a little unexpected to see the franchise calling so many sites home.
Despite its success in unfamiliar territory, the main storyline comic ended back in June of last year. Mignola stated in an interview with The Guardian that he realized the finale was near when Hellboy was in hell and he had killed Satan, an action that carried much more weight than what he originally intended. Despite the conclusion of the main Hellboy series, the devil slayer still lives on in other series involving the rest of the Mignolaverse, especially Hellboy and the B.P.R.D., stories that show a young, red field agent and his beginnings in the organization that made him infamous.
So in a sense, there is and there isn’t a lot riding on this new film. Regardless of how it does, the comics will continue on like nothing happened at all. However, it the movie performs well, it opens up the possibility to explore the universe further (maybe a prequel movie devoted to fleshing out how Hellboy met amphibious telepath, Abe Sapien).