Along with David Cronenberg’s Frankenstein and Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Dune, Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy 3 will go down in history as potentially epic films that, despite incredible fan and artist support, will never come to fruition. The announcement earlier this year that the lauded filmmaker was walking away from the Hellboy film franchise he launched in 2004 has been tempered by the fact that a new reboot is in the works with Neil Marshall directing and David Harbour as the big red dude with anger management issues.
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Still, fans will always wonder what could have been and, to that end, Hellboy star Ron Perlman was asked about del Toro’s vision for the final film in the proposed trilogy during a panel at Motor City Comic Con.
Per Dread Central:
Perlman spoke briefly about Hellboy 3 and what fans could’ve expected, saying, “The third one was meant to be epic and conclusive and a resolve for all these, almost, Greek oracle promises of the destiny of Hellboy. It would’ve made for a really good movie, I think.” Speaking about the upcoming adaptation, Perlman simply says, “David Harbour is a good dude. I wish him nothing but the best when it comes to the retooling of HB.”
It’s good to see Perlman taking the reboot in stride, as he was one of Hellboy 3’s biggest proponents and was vocally disappointed to find his role in the franchise cut short. The reasons for del Toro’s break from the property, currently owned by Columbia Pictures, has never been revealed, leading many to hypothesize bad blood with studio execs or an insufficient budget are to blame for the split.
Neil Marshall, the horror director who broke out with The Descent and won raves for his work on Game of Thrones, is in talks to direct the project, which has a working title of Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen and has a script by Andrew Cosby, Christopher Golden and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola. Del Toro is not involved nor is Ron Perlman, the actor who inhabited the red-skinned cigar-chomping devil in the two previous installments. Rather, David Harbour, the Stranger Things star, is in talks play Hellboy.
What are your thoughts on Hellboy returning to the big screen without GDT or RP in the mix? Are you hopeful or pessimistic about what will materialize under Marshall’s leadership? Let’s discuss in the Comments section.