Remakes and reboots are normally treated like the stepchildren of the film community. People point to the amount and frequency of remakes as a symptom of the broken studio system. They feel that studios are too afraid to take the risks associated with developing original IP, instead choosing to recycle old story lines and setting them in a “darker” world. That being said, there has been a surprising amount of goodwill shown towards the upcoming Hellboy remake. Now, thanks to Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment, we have a release date to circle on our calendars.
With an all-star cast and a dynamite director, the Hellboy remake seems destined to set the world on fire. We now know the inferno will begin January 11th, 2019. Don’t be discouraged by the delay, though! With the amount of talent surrounding this film, we know that it will be worth the wait. The internet’s favorite police chief David Harbour (Stranger Things) has the daunting task of taking over for Ron Perlman as Hellboy. Neil Marshall (The Descent, Game of Thrones) is directing and the film also stars Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil), Daniel Dae Kim (Lost) and Ian McShane (American Gods).
What excites me the most about the upcoming remake is the involvement of English director Neil Marshall. His 2005 film, The Descent, has gone down as one of the best horror films of this century. He filled every frame of that film with dread and a sense of hopelessness under the immense weight of the Earth above. What that man did with such limited light and tight quarters is a testament to his skills with a camera. On the other, much more grand side of the coin, Marshall’s work with Game of Thrones shows that he can direct epic action sequences as well as anyone else in Hollywood. He has only directed two episodes of the series, but both (Season Two’s Blackwater and Season Four’s The Watchers on the Wall) are filled with some of the finest action that television has ever seen. He was able to create, in the Wildfire that filled Blackwater Bay, a flame that felt almost alive. It didn’t burn so much as it ate. I can’t wait to see what he does with the fire and flame that is sure to be prevalent in the Hellboy remake.
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