Get ready to empty a 40 of malt brimstone on the curb: The Hellboy franchise is dead. Despite polling fans in late 2016 and promising to investigate the possibility of Hellboy 3, director Guillermo Del Toro didn’t mince words when recently asked about the project’s status. EW reports:
After years of “will they, won’t they?” updates from the cast and filmmaker, Del Toro went on Twitter to relay the sobering news. “Hellboy 3 Sorry to report,” he wrote on Tuesday morning. “Spoke w all parties. Must report that 100% the sequel will not happen. And that is to be the final thing about it.”
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) February 21, 2017
Here’s the tweet from Del Toro that broke horror fans’ hearts yesterday morning…
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
…Although, hours later, it appears he’s left the door open for someone else to potentially pick up the torch; it just won’t be him:
@RealGDT Hellboy may move into a different direction. heartbroken- but, not up to me. I, for one, wish everyone involved the best of luck!
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) February 22, 2017
Actor Ron Perlman, star of the Hellboy movies, took the news especially hard.
In loving memory of the #Hellboy franchise officially biting the dust, I will take the rest of the day off Twitter.
— Ron Perlman (@perlmutations) February 21, 2017
So there you have it: Abandon all hope! Next up on Del Toro’s roster: A cold war thriller called The Shape of Water, which currently in post-production, and a recently announced live-action version of Pinocchio.