For years, lauded filmmaker Guillermo del Toro was incredibly vocal about his desire to make a 3rd Hellboy movie; the 21st Century Master of Horror directed the first 2 Hellboy films (released in 2004 and 2008 respectively) had hoped to create a powerful and conclusive ending to the saga in true Trilogy form. Hellboy star Ron Perlman was equally eager to participate in a 3rd franchise film, giving the character he helped make iconic a fitting swan song.
Then came the sudden and somewhat jarring news that GdT and Perlman were both uninvited to be part of any future Hellboy film. Fan outrage was somewhat sated by a later announcement that Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers, The Descent) would be taking the reins on a reboot starring David Harbour as the anger-challenged, cigar-chomping antihero.
While Perlman has publicly wished Harbour well during a summit mediated by comedian Patton Oswalt, fans had yet to hear del Toro officially weigh in on the situation—until now. Those expecting the director to be bitter and/or morose may be surprised by the grace with which he addressed the situation when the topic was broached during a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
Despite years of trying to complete his Hellboy trilogy, only for the reboot to be announced without him earlier this year, he says he has no hard feelings.
“I don’t own Hellboy, Mike [Mignola] does. So, you know, he is the father of the character and if he wants to reboot it, it’s perfectly fine. I got to make two – that’s two more than I thought I would get to make … So you know, as far as I’m concerned Godspeed and God bless.”
True class, right there. As for why Mignola decided to divorce del Toro from the Hellboy franchise, an official reason has never been offered, and a reason may never be known.
As for the reboot currently brewing, Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen has a script penned by Andrew Cosby, Christopher Golden, and Mignola. No word yet on additional cast members or an anticipated release date, but we’ll keep you posted as additional details emerge. Stay tuned!