It may have taken nine years but it looks like a third Hellboy movie is definitely on the way with David Harbour and Neil Marshall to replace Ron Perlman and Guillermo del Toro. The  announcement was made on Hellboy creator Mike Mignola’s Facebook page where it was also mentioned that it would be an “R rated reboot”.

This news comes a year after former Hellboy Ron Perlman felt that a third movie “probably will never happen” but still had hope that a final installment would be “epic and conclusive and a resolve for all these, almost, Greek oracle promises of the destiny of Hellboy.” Harbour, who is best known for his role as Police Chief Jim Hopper in Netflix’s Stranger Things, seemed to confirm his involvement on Twitter by posting a cryptic image of the comic book character alongside the smirking face emoji.

The movie has already been given the working title of Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen and Millenium are apparently in talks with producers Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin to bring the demonic hero to life for a third time. Marshall, who is set to direct the project, has previously worked on several episodes of Game of Thrones, 2005 horror thriller The Descent and an episode of Westworld.

Hellboy was created back in 1993 as a comic book character but transitioned to the big screen in 2004 for Hellboy and again in 2008 for Hellboy II: The Golden Army with Guillermo del Toro at the helm. The acclaimed director is also known for Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) and Pacific Rim (2013) in which Perlman also starred. The change of lead is one which may upset some loyal fans but Perlman recently spoke of his honour at having Harbour, who rose to fame after starring in Stranger Things last year and narrowly missed out on a role in Deadpool 2, reprise his role: “He is a good dude, I wish him nothing but the best when it comes to the retooling of HB.”

— Erin Smith, Correspondent (Film)