Even the most casual reader of this blog probably knows I’m a big fan of Mike Mignola’s Hellboy. The comic is one of the best out there, and the film, directed by Guillermo Del Toro, is my favorite comic book film.
So it was with great pleasure that I read that Hellboy 2, whose future had been in doubt after Revolution Studios announced it would be closing its doors in October 2007, has been picked up by Universal Studios—the company that passed on the first film years ago.
Both Ron Perlman and Selma Blair will be back for the sequel, which begins filming in April.
And don’t forget, the first of the two animated Hellboy films, Hellboy: Sword of Storms, will hit the Cartoon Network in October, and then DVD in February. The second one, Blood and Iron, comes out in February or March ’07 (and no, Sean, they’re not in Mignola’s art style).
Fingers crossed that Del Toro’s post-HB2 film will be At the Mountains of Madness…
I do love me some Hellboy, and the first movie rocked…hopefully, this one will too.
I think it’s going to be good. The basic plot is (rumored to be) thus: the folklore creatures of the world are tired of being pushed to the edges of civilization and watching humans wreck the earth, so they decide to go to war. Hellboy gets caught in the middle and has to decide where his loyalties lie.
His next film after HB2 will be Halo – you heard it here first. The film has a producer (Peter Jackson), a script (by Alex Garland) and effects by Weta – yet has been delayed until 2008 with no director announced. Del Toro was rumored and I wouldn’t be shocked if they’re waiting for him to become available.
Either that or Jackson just assumes the role and he’s just taking a well deserved siesta before starting his next epic.
Yeah, the Halo stuff has been kicking around for a while. It would definitely be GDT’s true breakout film (like Spider-Man for Sam Raimi), but I’m not sure he’ll end up directing yet…I guess we’ll see what happens.
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