First Trailer: Brian Taylor's Hellboy: The Crooked Man

Austin filmmaker brings the demon hunter back to big screen

Austin-based filmmaker Brian Taylor has teamed with comics legend Mike Mignola to bring his greatest creation, Hellboy, back to screens with Hellboy: The Crooked Man, and the first trailer is here.

The new film stars Jack Kesy (Deadpool 2) as Hellboy, the seeming son of Satan who has rejected his birthright and joined the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense to take on evil.

The movie adapts the three-issue miniseries of the same name, published by Dark Horse Comics in 2008, which recounted one of Hellboy's earliest adventures as he and a rookie BPRD agent (Adeline Rudolph, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Resident Evil) head to Appalachia to take on a coven of witches headed by the titular Crooked Man (Martin Bassindale, Masters of the Air). The comic was written by Mignola with art by Richard Corben, who was a legend for his work on Hellblazer, Heavy Metal, and the sleeve art for Meatloaf's Bat out of Hell. The comic is regarded by Hellboy fans as one of the greatest stories in the character's 30-year history.

Hellboy: The Crooked Man issue 1 from Dark Horse Comics. The three issue miniseries has been adapted by creator Mike Mignola, author Christopher Golden, and filmmaker Brian Taylor for the big screen. (Courtesy of Dark Horse Comics)
This new film is directed by Austin-based filmmaker Brian Taylor (Crank, Crank: High Voltage, Mom and Dad), who cowrote the script with Mignola and his longtime collaborator, author Christopher Golden (Hellboy: The Lost Army, Red Hands, Tell My Sorrows to the Stones).

Hellboy: The Crooked Man will be the fourth film based on the character created in 1993 by writer/artist Mignola. Moviegoers will probably be most familiar with his first trip to the big screen, 2004's Hellboy directed by Guillermo del Toro and its 2008 sequel Hellboy II: The Golden Army. Muted commercial success and creative differences between Mignola and del Toro derailed plans for a third film. There was an attempt at a franchise reboot in 2019, with Stranger Things's star David Harbour donning the horns and trench coat forHellboy, but while it captured some of Mignola's sense of doom and contained some truly memorable moments that felt like the comic – such as Hellboy's journey to Baba Yaga's house – it was rejected by fans of both the comic and the original films and was a commercial flop.

This new cinematic excursion for everyone's favorite crimson demon hunter takes a radically different approach. First of all, the earlier films were all centered around the end of the world and epic forces trying to bring about magical disaster. The Crooked Man is a much smaller story of witches, greed, and murder that's allowed for a much smaller budget (a reported $20-$25 million), and there are reported plans that this could lead to a series of these smaller-scaled stories. With such a rich established lore, and hundreds of issues of Hellboy and spinoff comics, there's plenty of material for such future adventures.

Hellboy: The Crooked Man will be released later this year by Ketchup Entertainment and Millennium Media. Now, here's the trailer ...

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