Los Angeles – March 2, 2023 – Millennium Media announced today that The Crooked Man has its Hellboy. Jack Kesy (12 Strong) will star as Hellboy. As previously announced, Brian Taylor (Crank) will be directing with a script penned by Hellboy comic book creator Mike Mignola and Chris Golden.

The Crooked Man will be the first film in the Millennium Media partnered development slate with leading German film and TV distributor, Telepool, a division of Westbrook Inc.

Stranded in 1950s rural Appalachia, Hellboy and a rookie BPRD agent discover a small community haunted by witches, led by a local devil with a troubling connection to Hellboy’s past: the Crooked Man.

“Jack Kesy is a dynamic actor who has the ability to morph into his roles. His talent and stature are perfect for this younger Hellboy. I was very impressed with him while working together on The Outpost.” Co-President of Millennium Media, Jonathan Yunger stated.

Jack Kesy can currently be seen starring in the Lionsgate feature DARK WEB: CICADIA 3301 opposite Alan Ritchson. He most recently played ‘Sgt. Josh Kirk’ in the Millennium feature THE OUTPOST, opposite Orlando Bloom and Scott Eastwood as well as the role of ‘Thunder’ in Tom Clancy’s Amazon feature WITHOUT REMORSE alongside Michael B. Jordan. Jack’s upcoming films include Paramount feature SHEROES and Netflix feature THE KILLER. Jack starred in the AMC feature MOSQUITO STATE and in Sony’s PEELopposite Emilie Hirsch. Other work includes DEADPOOL 2, Paramount Pictures’ BAYWATCH, 12 STRONG for Lionsgate, Eli Roth’s DEATH WISH for MGM, and JUGGERNAUT directed by Daniel DiMarco. In television, Jack starred in the series CLAWS produced by Rashida Jones and Will McCormack and THE STRAIN for Guillermo del Toro.

Millennium Media bought the rights to Hellboy in 2018. The Eisner Award-winning Hellboy: The Crooked Man comic debuted in July 2008 to correspond with the cinema release of Hellboy II: The Golden Army.

Millennium Media presents Hellboy: The Crooked Man in association with Dark Horse Entertainment – A Nu Boyana Production in association with Campbell Grobman Film. Producers for The Crooked Man include Dark Horse Entertainment’s Mike Richardson, and Millennium Media’s Jeffrey Greenstein, Jonathan Yunger, Les Weldon, Rob Van Norden, and Yariv Lerner. Mike Mignola, Millennium Media’s Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, and Tanner Mobley, Campbell Grobman Films’ Lati Grobman and Christa Campbell, and Telepool’s Michael Muellner and Julia Muentefering are among the executive producers. Sam Schulte will co-produce on behalf of Millennium Media.

Within the last year, Telepool has acquired Millennium’s current slate of productions for German speaking territories including The Enforcer starring Antonio Banderas and Red Sonja starring Matilda Lutz, directed by M.J. Bassett. Telepool has previously distributed the Gerard Butler Has Fallen franchise and the successful Hitman’s Bodyguard franchise for German-speaking territories.

Millennium Media recently released the horror film The Offering. Their upcoming slate for 2023 includes The Bricklayer with Aaron Eckhart and Nina Dobrev, The Piper with Charlotte Hope and Julian Sands, and the 4th installment of The Expendables franchise. They have recently wrapped production on their highly anticipated comic book adaptation Red Sonja starring Matilda Lutz, Wallis Day, and Robert Sheehan, Dirty Angels starring Eva Green, Ruby Rose, and Maria Bakalova, and Subservience starring Megan Fox.



Millennium Media. Inc. is one of the longest-running independent film companies in Hollywood and has established itself as a leader in creating multi-billion dollar box office action franchises and acclaimed independent films. The full-service entertainment company finances, produces and sells films worldwide and has a production facility, Nu Boyana Studios, in Bulgaria, which hosts international and Hollywood productions.

Millennium is best known for the box office hits The Expendables franchise, the Fallen franchise, The Hitman’s Bodyguard franchise, Mechanic: Resurrection, and the successful reboot of the Rambo franchise, Rambo: Last Blood. It has also produced the acclaimed independent films, Rod Lurie’s The Outpost, Tesla starring Ethan Hawke, and Blackbird starring Susan Sarandon and Kate Winslet. They recently wrapped on the highly anticipated comic book adaptation, Red Sonja starring Matilda Lutz, Wallis Day, and Robert Sheehan, Dirty Angels with Eva Green, Ruby Rose, and Maria Bakalova, and Subservience starring Megan Fox.

Recent releases include horror film, The Offering, and The Enforcer with Antonio Banderas, Kate Bosworth, and 2 Chainz. Millennium Media’s upcoming releases include The Bricklayer with Aaron Eckhart and Nina Dobrev, The Piper with Charlotte Hope and Julian Sands, and the 4th installment of The Expendables franchise.



Dark Horse Comics was founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, who added an entertainment arm several years later. In 1994, Dark Horse Entertainment produced its first major film successes, The Mask and Timecop, both based on Richardson’s creations. The company has since produced over three dozen films and series, winning two Emmys for Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project for HBO. Recent projects include Dark Matter and Resident Alien for SyFy and The Umbrella Academy, Polar, and Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles for Netflix. In 2022, Dark Horse Media, LLC became part of Embracer Group AB, forming the tenth operative group and strengthening the company’s transmedia capabilities.



TELEPOOL is a leading global content group focused on the development, production, licensing and distribution of premium feature films and TV products. With its subsidiary brands and entities, Global Screen and EuroVideo Medien GmbH, TELEPOOL conducts business activities across domestic and international distribution, global development and co-productions, domestic home entertainment and client media services. TELEPOOL is headquartered in Munich and has offices in Zurich.



Launched in 2019 by founders Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith, Miguel Melendez, and Ko Yada, Westbrook is a media company that empowers artists to tell stories that connect the world. Westbrook houses Westbrook Studios, the premium film and television studio; Westbrook Media, a vertically-integrated IP incubator, brand content studio, and production company; Red Table Talk Productions, maker of the Emmy Award-winning Facebook Watch shows Red Table Talk; and Good Goods, which creates unique consumer products around the company’s IP and talent partners. By leveraging the Smith Family’s deep experience in entertainment and media, Westbrook curates and produces content – from short and mid-form digital to traditional television and motion pictures – for all major platforms.

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