You can’t blame the man for not trying.
Guillermo del Toro’s last ditch effort to revive his popular HELLBOY franchise finally ended. After reportedly gathering together the film’s primary players – Ron Perlman and Mike Mignola – the group was unable to find a way to make it work.
And on February 21st, GDT called time of death:
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
This is a sad day for fans hoping for a miracle, but HELLBOY 3 had so much going against it – chief among them: a 66 year old star with lots of other gigs and a lukewarm target audience.
True, the films have been profitable – but not run-away hits.
That it got through two movies – really good movies at that – is a testament to the vision of GDT, Mike and Ron. These films were underdogs from the beginning, and their legacy includes both a devoted cult following and prototype for being true to itself.
The making of the HELLBOY films is a great example of del Toro’s fight to make his films “his way”. Among the studio suggestions that GDT received were a different star (Vin Diesel), a “Hellmobile”, and an aversion to the word “Hell” (“Can we make him ‘Heckboy’?). The result was something that sidestepped the usual cookie-cutter studio drivel and instead became “high art action” that was fun and original.
Although we are sad to see the del Toro / Perlman HELLBOY franchise die – there is still hope for HELLBOY fans. On Mike Mignola’s Facebook page, he didn’t rule out an eventual reboot:
Despite what some people are saying today–No Guillermo del Toro/ Ron Perlman Hellboy 3 DOES NOT mean there is no future for the Hellboy Franchise.
- Feb 21, 1:45pm, Mike Mignola, Facebook
Congrats to all involved in the first two HELLBOY films – they will live on gloriously in the film archives of Netflix, Amazon and others.