The new film marks the first time in the “Hellboy” franchise that Mike Mignola, who created the character, will write the script alongside his comics collaborator Chris Golden. The project promises to stay true to Hellboy’s origin and his comic book mythology, and with Mignola at the helm, we can expect a cinematic, horror rendition of the beloved character. The new reboot is being described as “a departure from all previous Hellboy films where Mignola, the creator of the comics, will finally shepherd an authentic version of his stories and characters in film form.”
An official synopsis for “Hellboy: The Crooked Man” notes that the reboot will follow “Hellboy and a rookie BPRD agent stranded in 1950s rural Appalachia. There, they soon discover a community haunted by witches, which is being led by a local devil with a troubling connection to Hellboy’s past: the Crooked Man.”
The film is inspired by one of the fan-favorite comic issues, where the Crooked Man was detailed to be an “eighteenth-century miser and war profiteer named Jeremiah Witkins who was hanged for his crimes yet returned from Hell as the region’s resident Devil.” The villain has a connection to Hellboy’s past, which the film is set to unravel.