Last February, we broke the sad news that, according to franchise mastermind Guillermo del Toro, the Hellboy film series was officially dead: “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.” It was a hard blow to fans who had been hoping for a 3rd installment for years; del Toro himself expressed a desire to create a trilogy on numerous occasions and star Ron Perlman was just as excited to reprise his role as the titular anti-hero; when Perlman heard del Toro’s news, he responded: “In loving memory of the Hellboy franchise officially biting the dust, I will take the rest of the day off Twitter.”
Not so fast, responded Hellboy comic book creator Mike Mignola via Twitter: “No GDT Hellboy 3 does not mean there is no future to the Hellboy franchise…” Fans hoping that this could mean the original Hellboy cast would be staying together for the next installment were discouraged by Perlman, who made it clear that no GdT means no RP (a particularly snarky comment made in response to Mignola’s tweet has since been deleted).
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Still, as Mignola declared, there is indeed life left in the Hellboy franchise; word came down late yesterday afternoon that can give horror fans reason for cautious optimism.
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.
Yes, it’s hard (almost impossible) to imagine anyone besides del Toro behind the camera and anyone besides Perlman in the red prosthetics; but Marshall has an awesome track record (he directed Dog Soldiers in addition to The Descent) and Harbour is a fine actor. So, in a way, this announcement is bittersweet.
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. As we await additional Hellboy news, check out the trailers for Hellboy and Hellboy II: The Golden Arm below, and imagine what could have been.
Official Synopsis: At the end of World War II, the Nazis attempt to open a portal to a paranormal dimension in order to defeat the Allies, but are only able to summon a baby demon who is rescued by Allied forces and dubbed “Hellboy” (Ron Perlman). Sixty years later, Hellboy serves as an agent in the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense, where he, aided by Abe Sapien (Doug Jones), a merman with psychic powers, and Liz Sherman (Selma Blair), a woman with pyrokinesis, protects America against dark forces.
Official Synopsis: Hellboy (Ron Perlman), his pyrokinetic girlfriend, Liz (Selma Blair), and aquatic empath, Abe Sapien (Doug Jones), face their biggest battle when an underworld prince (Luke Goss) plans to reclaim Earth for his magical kindred. Tired of living in the shadow of humans, Prince Nuada tries to awaken an ancient army of killing machines to clear the way for fantasy creatures to roam free. Only Hellboy can stop the dark prince and prevent humanity’s annihilation.