Remember last month when Guillermo del Toro asked for a certain level of Twitter interest so he could go and sit down with Ron Perlman and Mike Mignola to discuss Hellboy 3? Well, sadly, those discussions seem to have come to an end.
The filmmaker tweeted yesterday that there’ll be no third cinematic outing for everyone’s favourite cigar-chompin’, cat-loving, pancake-devouring hellspawn.
Hellboy 3 Sorry to report: Spoke w all parties. Must report that 100% the sequel will not happen. And that is to be the final thing about it
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) February 21, 2017
In fairness, we can see through our heartbreak that there was always a very strong likelihood of this being the case. The two Hellboy films weren’t financial disasters but they weren’t Big Box Office Hits (we can still blame The Dark Knight for The Golden Army‘s performance, pretty confident about that). Similarly, GDT’s recent efforts Pacific Rim and Crimson Peak, while both brilliant films, weren’t the kind of hits at the US box-office that would give us that perfect world in which he’d be allowed to make whatever he wanted.
Hellboy creator Mike Mignola did point out that it doesn’t mean we’ll never see Hellboy on screen again…
No GDT Hellboy 3 does not mean there is no future to the Hellboy franchise…#hellboy
— Mike Mignola (@artofmmignola) February 21, 2017
But it obviously won’t be with Guillermo del Toro or Ron Perlman.
Hellboy may move into a different direction. I tried & wanted this- but, not up to me. I, for one, wish everyone involved the best of luck! https://t.co/mnHQcABI4l
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) February 22, 2017
Superhero seeks employment. Likes, pizza, cats, and the Marx bros. https://t.co/TnWaFlE3tx
— Ron Perlman (@perlmutations) February 21, 2017
As has been pointed out several times by the creative team and by the fans, we’re obviously incredibly lucky to have a sequel to Hellboy at all. It is still a real shame that we won’t get to see the final chapter teased by The Golden Army…
However, del Toro’s The Shape Of Water is set for release this year, you can listen to Perlman’s mighty gravelly tones in del Toro’s Netflix series Trollhunters, and this is as good a time as any to revisit the first two films on Blu-ray.
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