Hellboy: The Crooked Man, the acclaimed comic book miniseries, is getting a new film adaptation from director Brian Taylor. Taylor, best known for his work on the Crank films and the TV series Happy!, has been hired by Lionsgate to write and direct the new Hellboy film. This will be the second reboot of the Hellboy franchise, which was previously rebooted in 2019 with a film directed by Neil Marshall.
The original Hellboy movie, released in 2004, was directed by Guillermo del Toro and starred Ron Perlman in the title role. A sequel, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, followed in 2008. The 2019 reboot starred David Harbour as Hellboy, and was met with mixed reviews from critics and audiences alike.
The Crooked Man is a standalone story that follows Hellboy as he investigates a series of murders in the Appalachian Mountains. The story was written by Mike Mignola, the creator of the Hellboy comics, and illustrated by Richard Corben. It was first published in 2008 and has since become one of the most popular Hellboy stories.
There is no word yet on who will play Hellboy in the new film, or when it will be released. However, the fact that Brian Taylor is involved bodes well for the project. Taylor has a reputation for making wild, over-the-top movies with a distinct visual style, and his sensibilities should mesh well with the world of Hellboy. If Lionsgate can give him the budget he needs to realize his vision, we could be in for a treat.
For fans of the Hellboy franchise, The Crooked Man is one of the most highly anticipated stories to be adapted for the big screen. The fact that it is getting a second chance at a movie adaptation after the 2019 film’s underwhelming performance is a testament to the enduring popularity of the character and the quality of Mike Mignola’s writing. Hopefully, Brian Taylor’s take on the material will be able to capture the spirit of the comic book and deliver a satisfying film that does justice to the legacy of Hellboy.