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Hellboy 3 Still Not Happening After Guillermo del Toro Gave False Hope

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:

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:

Ron Perlman expressed sadness in the news as well, tweeting as if Hellboy were out of a job:

On the slightly brighter side, we’re still getting a Pacific Rim 2 – so Guillermo del Toro will still be keeping busy.

Any thoughts on the discontinued sequel? Drop them in the comments below!

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