Fans of the Hellboy films have been in a state of emotional limbo since it was announced earlier this year that Guillermo del Toro had been fired/separated from the franchise he helped launch; this news came after months of lobbying, during which time the lauded filmmaker had expressed a keen desire to make a 3rd Hellboy film, making his series a true trilogy. Disdain for del Toro’s removal has been tempered by news that horror heavyweight Neil Marshall (The Descent, Dog Soldiers) would be taking the reigns, with Stranger Things’ David Harbour taking over for Ron Perlman as the titular antihero.
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While del Toro and Perlman have both gone on to wish the new film well, fans never really got a behind-the-scenes account of why exactly studio execs decided to remove him in the first place. The first 2 Hellboy films were successes, so why would anyone think it’s a good idea to change Captains mid-course.
Check out the video below from our friends at Hybrid Network: The Real Reason Why Hellboy 3 Never Happened. It really delves into the issue in a way horror fans haven’t yet been privy to, putting everything into a wider historical context. It was a perfect storm of obstacles including lack of faith on the studio’s part, budget concerns, and an inability to compromise.
Have a watch and let us know what you think in the Comments section.
Official Synopsis: Hellboy 3 has been buried, and while the wounds are still fresh, Luke explores why this trilogy will never be completed.
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