Brian Taylor To Direct New Hellboy Reboot ‘Hellboy: The Crooked Man’

Less than four years after the failed 2019 reboot of Hellboy, another one is in the works.

Millennium Media has announced that Brian Taylor (Crank, Gamer) has been hired to helm a new Hellboy film titled Hellboy: The Crooked Man. Mike Mignola, the creator of the Hellboy comics, has co-written the script with Chris Golden.

This time around, the narrative will follow the summoned demon turned reluctant hero as he teams up with a rookie agent to uncover a secluded witch community in 1950s Appalachia. The script draws from The Crooked Man comic of the same name, which debuted in July 2008.

The failure of the 2019 Hellboy reboot, which starred David Harbour, received poor reviews, and significantly underperformed at the box office, was actually also produced by Millennium Media, but in collaboration with Summit Entertainment. The company acquired the rights to Hellboy back in 2018, and will now move ahead with this project entirely on their own.

Millennium Media president Jeffrey Greenstein said in a statement:

The Crooked Man is a departure from all previous Hellboy films where Mike Mignola and the creator of the comics will finally shepherd an authentic version of his stories and characters in film form.”

Taylor might end up being a good fit as director, as Crank and Gamer are both high octane action films with interesting stylistic choices not usually seen in Hollywood productions. If he can bring that same creativity to The Crooked Man, Hellboy might have a future on the silver screen after all. Mignola’s involvement should help too.

There’s currently no word on who will be playing Hellboy, but we should know soon, as production on the new film is expected to begin in March.


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