Bad news for those looking for Hellboy 3. The threequel that fans of the cult franchise have been waiting for since 2004 is a no-go. Director Guillermo del Toro, the brain behind the first two films, was the first to break the news, which comes after giving fans a glimmer of hope that Hellboy 3 might actually see production.
Before Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy and the Marvel Cinematic Universe kicked off a tidal wave of superhero films, there was Hellboy – a lesser known comic book. Originally “Anung Un Rama”, he was a demon summoned to Earth by Nazis. Despite that, he grew up to be a pretty well-meaning fellow who fought for the forces of good.
Guillermo del Toro released the first film, which came out in 2004 to solid reviews. A sequel, Hellboy II: The Golden Army followed in 2008. It underperformed at the box office, despite becoming a cult classic. Since then, plans for a Hellboy 3 – originally titled Dark Worlds – were scrapped.
Hope For Part 3?
Actor Ron Perlman, who plays Hellboy himself, has long been lobbying for a Hellboy 3 to be made. “With the passage of time, it became clear to me that (Del Toro) really always designed it as a trilogy,” he said, “He has a very well-articulated idea of what the resolve would look like and it’s amazingly theatrical and is epic in scope and would make for amazing cinema.”
He even tried to guilt-trip Del Toro into action, saying, “You owe it to the world to finish this trilogy.” Just last month, Del Toro then sparked hope for a part 3 by holding an informal poll on Twitter:
Informal poll (let's see how many votes we get in 24 hours)
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) January 18, 2017
In hours, the poll scored garnered 133,000 votes, indicating a strong positive response to the idea. The director even promised “a serious sit down” with Perlman and Mike Mignola, the original comics’ writer. Suddenly, the idea of seeing the demon – along with pals Abe Sapien, Liz Sherman, and Johann Kraus – back on the big screen seemed real.
With a waterfall of other superhero films headed our way – more of the Avengers, Batman, and so on – it also would have been great to see the unconventional Hellboy join the party.
The Bad News
Sadly, that was as far as Hellboy 3 was going to get. Del Toro followed up this week with the devastating news:
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
Ron Perlman expressed sadness in the news as well, tweeting as if Hellboy were out of a job:
Superhero seeks employment. Likes, pizza, cats, and the Marx bros. https://t.co/TnWaFlE3tx
— Ron Perlman (@perlmutations) February 21, 2017
On the slightly brighter side, we’re still getting a Pacific Rim 2 – so Guillermo del Toro will still be keeping busy.
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