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  • In mid 2012, Ron Perlman once again endured the 4-hour makeup routine required to transform him into Hellboy - not for a sequel or other acting job but to fulfill the Make-A-Wish request of a six-year-old boy named Zachary who has leukemia. Creature effects house Spectral Motion, who had worked on the two previous Hellboy films, applied Perlman's Hellboy makeup (and later, also made up Zachary as Hellboy as well), so that Zachary could spend the day hanging out with his favorite superhero. Guillermo del Toro was so touched by this event that it inspired him to start production on Hellboy 3. However, the project was announced to be cancelled and this reboot's development started soon after.
  • Following the success that Deadpool (2016) had in getting the movie made through social media, Ron Perlman tweeted a proposal that if #HellboyIII started trending that a third Hellboy film might finally get funds to be made. Instead they made the reboot, completely unrelated.
  • In January 2017, Guillermo del Toro held a Twitter poll for his followers to vote for production of Hellboy 3. After receiving 100,000 votes, del Toro arranged a sit-down meeting with Ron Perlman and Mike Mignola to discuss furthering the development of the project.
  • In January 2017, Director Guillermo del Toro took to his Twitter account in order to post a poll, asking fans to vote either "yes" or "hell yes" for Hellboy III. Following his posting of the poll, Guillermo Del Toro promised that if 100 thousand people vote in 24-hours, he will get the team together and discuss finally finishing up the Hellboy trilogy. Here is what he had to say: "The HELLBOY III is our chance to vote the right way in 2017! If 100k votes come in 24 hours I promise to have a sit down w Da Perl & Mignola."
  • In February 2017 Guillermo Del Toro stated "Spoke with all parties. Must report that 100% the sequel will not happen."
  • This film is a complete reboot and not a continuation of the previous movies starring Ron Perlman and directed by Guillermo del Toro.
  • This will be the first Dark Horse reboot film.
  • Ian McShane took over the role of Dr Broom from John Hurt. Mcshane and Hurt had both made their debut in Young and Willing (1962) in 1962, and remained the best of friends. They would work together again on 44 Inch Chest (2009) and Hercules (2014), which McShane said was one of his most enjoyable filming experiences as he would have long, leisurely lunches with Hurt.
  • In August 2017 British actor Ed Skrein stepped down from the role of Major Ben Daimio upon realising the character is of mixed Asian heritage. This was to allow an actor of Asian heritage to take the role instead, and support ethnic diversity in not just the movie industry, but the arts in general. Skrein's decision marked the first time a white actor had left a high-profile role after such criticism according to The Hollywood Reporter.
  • On August 21, 2017, Ed Skrein was cast as Major Ben Daimio in the film. However, upon discovering that Daimio was portrayed in the comic books as a Japanese-American character, Skrein announced a week later that he was pulling out to allow an actor of Asian heritage to be cast instead. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Skrein's decision marked the first time a white actor had left a high-profile role after such criticism.
  • Mignola initially wanted the movie to be a sequel to Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008), but Del and Perlman refused to be involved.
  • Renee Harbek was set to play a leading role.
  • Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden and Aron Eli Coleite all did rewrites to the script.
  • Milla Jovovich, according to her Instagram, wanted to work on the movie due to being a fan of both Stranger Things (2016) and Deadwood (2004), which starred David Harbour and Ian McShane respectively.
  • The film was previously scheduled to be released on January 11, 2019. It was moved to April 12, 2019.
  • The movie's title was "Hellboy: The Blood Queen" initially, before reverting to simply "Hellboy".
  • Ed Skrein was originally cast to play Ben Daimio, but dropped out when he learned that his character is of Asian descent in the comics and didn't want to whitewash his role. Daniel Dae Kim took his place.
  • The movie originally began production as the second sequel to 2004's Hellboy (2004) after Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008). But creative differences and lukewarm box office numbers led to Guillermo del Toro and Ron Perlman both leaving, thus causing a long hiatus until it was decided to reboot, following the rise of R-rated superhero movies.
  • The role of Alice Monaghan, the red-headed Irish girlfriend of Hellboy in the original graphic novels, is to be played by Sasha Lane, an African-American actress, with the Irish parts of her character removed.
  • After Ed Skrein, a white English actor resigned from the film amid criticism that he was due to play an Asian character. Some pundits and news blogs criticized the film as hypocritical for replacing a red-headed Irish character in the source material with Sasha Lane, an African-American actress.
  • Mike Mignola takes a more direct involvement in the production of this film than he did on the Guillermo del Toro Hellboy films. According to him, the idea with this one was to downplay the superhero elements in the film and stay closer to the darker tone of the graphic novels, making a much more horror-oriented entry into the franchise.
  • Doug Jones, who played Abe Sapien in the Guillermo del Toro Hellboy films, was offered a cameo but was unable to participate due to commitments to Star Trek: Discovery (2017).
  • David Harbour described his portrayal of Hellboy as a teenage version of Ron Perlman's Hellboy: "He's younger and tougher, and really struggling with the idea of whether or not he's a good person."
  • The VFXperts cite the Mike Mignola comics as a visual influence on the film's creatures, and sought to avoid reference to the Guillermo del Toro films. Joel Harlow explained that as monsters, "their look is entirely nonhuman and very frightening, it's a glimpse into a world of beings that do not follow the anatomical laws of anything on Earth."
  • Joel Harlow incorporated David Harbour's features into Hellboy's normal design, while he made Hellboy's horned version an empowered version: "We added a larger jaw, a heavier brow, more vibrant yellow eyes larger teeth and of course extremely large horns."
  • Joel Harlow added scars to Hellboy's horns, feeling they made Hellboy feel gritty and appropriate for an R-rated portrayal.
  • Hellboy claims he is a Capricorn. According to the comic, he was born in October 5, which makes him a Libra.
  • This is the first Hellboy movie to be shot in a widescreen 2.39:1 "scope" aspect ratio, unlike the Guillermo del Toro films which were shot in the taller 1.85:1 aspect ratio.
  • The film's theatrical trailer features an orchestral version (arranged by 2WEI) of Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water".
  • This is the first film of Neil Marshall, in which he didn't write the screenplay for.
  • Daniel Dae Kim's third time appearing in a movie based off a comic book series. The first movie was Hulk (2003) and the second movie was Spider-Man 2 (2004) which came out the same year as Guillermo del Toro's version of Hellboy.
  • Thomas Hayden Churchs second comic-book movie, after Spider-Man 3 (2007) in which he played The Sandman.
  • David Harbour had stated that the film will be a "character piece" and feature mature themes and "complicated subjects" that will warrant the film's R-rating, stating, "It really is this study of this man going through this horrible conundrum and we really get to go in deep with him".
  • Mike Mignola had stated that David Harbour had been researching the character, stating, "He's texting me Hellboy questions about his history, about what the character would think about this or about that".
  • Mike Mignola described David Harbour's Hellboy as being more dramatic, gritty, and emotionally explosive than Perlman's.
  • David Harbour confirmed that their version of Bruttenholm is a much harder character who doesn't sympathize with Hellboy questioning his place in the world.
  • David Harbour stated that the character of Alice Monaghan "gets to play with some really interesting ideas of, sort of, being a witch and having visions."
  • Milla Jovovich stars in the movie with a character named "Alice", Jovovich played the main protagonist in the Resident Evil francise as Alice.
  • Mike Mignola has stated that he will have minimal involvement with the reboot, stating that he would act more as a "co-executive producer" and will not be involved with the pre-production or design, stating, "When the decision was made to do another movie, I got involved, basically saying, 'If you're going to do that story, don't do this, or that, change this, and that.' I helped to steer it. Christopher Golden and I did write a couple of drafts of the screenplay and got it on track, and then the decision was made to do a reboot."
  • When the project was announced, it was revealed that Mike Mignola had written early drafts with Andrew Cosby and Christopher Golden, and Mignola would be developing a new draft with Aron Eli Coleite. On developing the tone for the film, Cosby stated, "Neil said from the very beginning that he wanted to walk a razor's edge between horror and comic book movie, which was music to my ears, because that's what I was shooting for in the script, and precisely what Mignola does so well with the comics." Mignola confirmed that the film will draw inspiration from Darkness Calls, The Wild Hunt, and The Storm and the Fury, but would also pull "bits and pieces from other stories", such as Hellboy in Mexico. Mignola did not want to do another origin story, feeling that Guillermo del Toro had already succeeded with that story. Mignola felt the three-book arc gave the filmmakers an "entryway" back into the world of Hellboy and allowed them to expand beyond the comic. A poster with final credits revealed Cosby retained sole screenwriter credit.
  • Makeup designer Joel Harlow wanted to make the monsters and world of Hellboy as "believable within the context of the world they inhabit".
  • The design team attempted not to reference the designs of the Del Toro films and took inspiration from the comics. Joel Harlow attempted to stay faithful to the source material and consulted with Mike Mignola on any new designs to make sure they matched the tone of the comics.
  • Makeup designer Joel Harlow felt David Harbour's Hellboy gave an "imposing presence" after the makeup and bodysuit were applied.
  • For the horned version of Hellboy, Joel Harlow chose to make that version an "amped up" version of the regular Hellboy, stating, "We created a look that was a more amped-up version of the facial features that make him Hellboy. We gave him a larger jaw, a heavier brow, a more vibrant yellow eye look, larger teeth and, of course, extremely large horns." The decision for a lack of a top-knot was due to this version of Hellboy being portrayed younger than the comic iteration. For the creatures of Hell, Harlow wanted them to look different than the film's other creatures, stating, "Their look is entirely nonhuman and very frightening. It's a glimpse into a world of beings that do not follow the anatomical laws of anything terrestrial."
  • Daniel Dae Kim has since praised Ed Skrein for dropping out of the Major Ben Daimio role, stating, "I applaud the producers and, in particular, Ed Skrein for championing the notion that Asian characters should be played by Asian or Asian American actors." The two later met and became acquainted after Skrein's exit, with Kim saying, "Thanks for the opportunity to get to know each other in person. Grateful to now call you 'friend'." In November 2018, it was revealed that Thomas Haden Church had a role in the film as Lobster Johnson. That same month, it was also revealed that Stephen Graham and Douglas Tait would portray Gruagach, with Graham providing the voice and Tait providing the in-camera performance. Doug Jones (who played Abe Sapien in the del Toro films) was offered a cameo but was unable to participate due to commitments to Star Trek: Discovery.
  • The visual effects were provided by Mr. X, Rhythm & Hues, Rise FX and Worldwide FX, supervised by Chris MacLean, James Cooper, John Haley, Markus Degen, Veselina Georgieva, Matt Kasmir, and Steven Begg, with the help of Goodbye Kansas Studios, Nu Boyana FX, Onirikal Studio, and Nzivage.
  • The film premiered on David Harbour (Hellboy)'s birthday.
  • The film was released ten years after Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008) and on the same weekend of original Hellboy actor Ron Perlman's 69th birthday.
  • Milla Jovovich stated that despite the "brutal reviews", she's optimistic that the film will eventually become a cult classic in the years to come.
  • In an interview with Mick Garris for his "Post Mortem" podcast (via EW), director Neil Marshall talked up his penchant for using practical, in-camera effects throughout his filmmaking career and the likelihood that he will continue to do so whenever he can. "It's definitely going to be as practical as we can possibly make it. I love to do stuff in camera whenever I possibly can, and use CG as the amazing tool that it is, to enhance or expand upon the world, but not to use it to replace reality, when you can do it [for] real."
  • Neil Marshall weighed in on the film's R rating and how freeing that has been for adapting Mike Mignola's work: "We've been granted permission to do it R-rated, which for me is just like taking the cuffs off. It's like, okay, so now we can just make the movie we want to make. It's not like I'm going to force it to be R-rated, but if it happens to come out that way, just because of my own sensibilities, then fine. And nobody's going to stop us. So, that's the main [difference]. And I'm sure, obviously, the success of things like Deadpool and Logan have not hurt that cause. But, also, when you go back the original material, it is kind of bloody, so I'm going to embrace that."
  • Took in a seriously disappointing $12 million USD over its opening weekend, according to U.S. box office figures. This falls far short of its modest projections of between $14 million and $20 million. This weekend, Shazam! once again took the top box office spot with another $25 million USD, while Little racked in $15 million USD. There's no doubt a huge part of Hellboy's failure is due to the onslaught of negative reviews. Right now, the reboot holds a dismal 15% on Rotten Tomatoes and a score of 31 on Metacritic.
  • Insiders on the film told TheWrap about a series of disagreements that boiled over when the producers decided to replace Marshall's go-to cinematographer, Sam McCurdy. Other spats involved rehearsals, star David Harbour and the design of a tree, insiders said. Two people familiar with the situation said McCurdy was fired simply for doing what Marshall asked him to do, and that producers Lawrence Gordon and Lloyd Levin were trying to send a message to Marshall that despite being the film's director, Marshall was not in charge. An attorney for Levin said that was not the case. "While my client will not comment on why Sam McCurdy was fired as that is a private matter, be advised that it was a group decision and it had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with Mr. Levin supposedly sending any kind of 'message' to Neil Marshall," said the attorney, Martin Singer, in an email to TheWrap. In the same letter, Singer accused Marshall of encouraging this story. He said that based on TheWrap's questions about the production, this story appeared "to be shaping up as a puff-piece for Mr. Marshall while tarnishing 'Hellboy' and my client." "I respectfully decline to comment," Marshall told TheWrap. Gordon also declined to comment.
  • Everyone involved in the film, has strong credentials: Marshall and McCurdy's long professional relationship includes "Blackwater," one of the best-reviewed "Game of Thrones" episodes. Gordon, who holds the film rights to Hellboy, and Levin, who Gordon delegated to handle much of the day-to-day oversight of the new film, previously collaborated on 1997's "Boogie Nights" and the two previous "Hellboy" films, starring Ron Perlman. They are currently working on Damon Lindelof's "Watchmen" adaptation for HBO.
  • TheWrap's William Bibbiani enjoyed it, calling the film "a horrifyingly good time."
  • Levin interrupted Marshall frequently in front of the crew as Marshall tried to rehearse actors, sometimes giving them different directions than the director. Singer's attorney disputed that: "In fact, Mr. Levin would speak to Neil Marshall after rehearsals and discuss issues with him at that time."
  • Harbour repeatedly walked off set, refusing Marshall's requests for more takes. Singer responded for Levin: "My client has no recollection of that ever happening. To the contrary, David Harbour gave everything he was asked of and more during filming."
  • The script was re-written throughout the production. One said those doing the rewriting included actors David Harbour and Ian McShane. Singer responded: "Only a few scenes were rewritten during production, and neither David Harbour nor Ian McShane did any rewriting of the screenplay at all. Rewriting certain scenes of a movie during production is customary in the entertainment industry, including by actors, producers, writers, and directors."
  • A prolonged dispute over a surreal tree that figures prominently in the film. Neil Marshall wanted a realistic-looking, asymmetrical tree. But the insider said Lloyd Levin overruled him, insisting on a symmetrical tree. Then, in post-production, the tree became asymmetrical again. Singer disputed any suggestion that Levin "somehow mucked it up in a back-and-forth tug-of-war over symmetry versus asymmetry," adding: "The design of the tree, like hundreds of other design elements in the movie, went through an exhaustive design and evolution process."
  • After director Neil Marshall handed in his cut of the film, the producers took over. Michael Solinger said Marshall had never been promised final cut on the film.
  • The fish and chips joint is called "Codswallop"--British slang for nonsense. (Cod, of course, is a type of fish.)
  • David Harbour appears in Stranger Things (2016) with Winona Ryder. Ryder appeared in Alien: Resurrection (1997) with the original Hellboy actor, Ron Perlman. The original Alien (1979) featured another Hellboy cast member, John Hurt.
  • The bar in the London street named O'tooles is a nod to producer Matthew O'Toole.
  • Although his name was accidentally left out of the credits, Douglas Tait portrayed Gruagach on-set during filming. The credit omission will be rectified in the home video release of the film.
  • Like the film Seventh Son (2014), this movies also uses the real Lancashire region of Pendle (and its eponymous hill) for its supernatural connection. The real-life Pendle witches were tried and convicted of the murder of ten people by witchcraft in 1612 and, along with the Samlesbury witches and others, have come to be known the Lancashire witch trials. Of the eleven who went to trial, nine women and two men, nine were found guilty and executed by hanging; one was found not guilty.
  • This is the second movie within one year that Ian McShane starred in that involves a character named Baba Yaga. The first movie is John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) in which he plays Winston. In that film, Baba Yaga is the nickname of John Wick, which is equated to "The Boogeyman". In this film, in which he plays Professor Broom, Baba Yaga is a witch depicted closely to her portrayal in Slavic folklore.
  • This is the first film of 2019 that contortionist and actor Troy James has starred in. The second film is Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019). In this film, James portrayed Baba Yaga. In the latter film, he portrayed the Jangly Man. Both characters are monstrous creatures.
  • Both Hellboy actors, Ron Perlman and David Harbour, are born in April.
  • When the initial trailer for this film was released in late December 2018, some people accused it of being too much like Deadpool (2016). This was due to the dark comedy heavily presented in it. In the second trailer that was released in early March 2019, it was presented as somewhat more serious, and people preferred it over the former trailer.
  • According to Mike Mignola, at some point, Guillermo del Toro wanted to make a Hellboy 3 comic to end his trilogy. Mignola states, "I think del Toro mentioned it to me once, and I said no. I think, let the comics be the comics. Comics are confusing enough for people. Let's not have two different versions of the Hellboy comic out there. My vote would be (to say) no."
  • The external shots of what was referred to as "St. Sebastian's Abbey" was actually of St. Conan's Kirk, a church on the banks of Loch Awe, in Scotland which is near Dalmally on the A85. A beautiful local church, and well worth a visit.
  • Mike Mignola and Guillermo del Toro had a disagreement about the third film which ended their friendship.
  • This is the first of three monster movies of 2019 to feature a cast member of Stranger Things (2016) in a prominent role. The films being Hellboy (2019) with David Harbour, Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) with Millie Bobby Brown, and It Chapter Two (2019) with Finn Wolfhard.
  • Ron Perlman and David Harbour, both of whom portrayed Hellboy, were born in April. Perlman was born on April 14 and Harbour was born on April 6. This film made its debut on or around both actors' individual birthdays: the film premiered on Harbour's birthday and the film was theatrically released two days before Perlman's birthday.
  • Contortionist and actor Troy James, who stars in this film, also starred in Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019). The latter film was produced by Guillermo del Toro, who directed Hellboy (2004) and Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008).
  • This is the first R-rated comic-book movie released in 2019. The second film is Joker (2019).
  • A few weeks after the film was released, in some states, movie theaters changed the film's title on the marquee signs to "Heckboy" in order to avoid offending people who're religious.
  • The film was one of the three comic book movies released in April 2019. The other two are Shazam! (2019) and Avengers: Endgame (2019), respectively.
  • This is David Harbour's first comic book film. The second film is Black Widow (2020).
  • Due to the freedom of the film's R rating, Hellboy is shown using strong profanity. In the comics, the worse that Hellboy would say in terms of profanity is "son of a bitch".

Spoilers

  • This film adapts the England-set Hellboy stories "The Wild Hunt" and "The Storm and the Fury", where Nimue becomes the Queen of Blood and Hellboy in his battle with her brings about the apocalypse.
  • David Harbour had stated that Hellboy has a "very special relationship" with Nimue and that the film expands her role from the comics. Milla Jovovich described the character as being "literally the queen of the underworld", serving as the mother of the monsters and described Nimue's plan as "beautiful" and "relevant" to today's political climate in trying to bring people together.
  • There is a mid-credit scene featuring Lobster Johnson.
  • In the original script, Abe Sapien played a much larger role in the film rather than having a cameo in the post-credits scene.
  • The final post-credits scene with Baba Yaga ordering an unseen person to go after Hellboy appears to be Koschei (the Deathless) due to Baba Yaga stating that she would grant him his greatest wish, to die. Koschei is a character first introduced in the Hellboy comics in the story-arc Darkness Calls, and part of the plot is Baba Yaga seeking revenge on Hellboy and getting his eye.
  • The beginning of this film borrows a bit from the movie, Excalibur (1981). For one, King Arthur uses Excalibur to cut up the queen. Both movies have a crow plucking an eyeball out of a knight's head. Both movies have a character being impaled and then pulling themselves closer to their enemy using the object by which they were impaled.
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