Hellboy Reboot Kills Guillermo Del Toro Franchise
One of the most anticipated comic book sequels has just been killed off, as Millennium look towards rebooting Hellboy. The popular indie comic Hellboy was created in 1993 and told the story of a demon, working to fight supernatural creatures and villains. Guillermo Del Toro first raised the tobacco chomping demon in 2004 with an action packed sequel, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, in 2008. Since then, fans have been waiting patiently for the next chapter in the series, with lead actor Ron Perlman being the lead advocate of the continued franchise.
2 years ago, During a Reddit AMA with director Guillermo Del Toro, the big question was raised. “why in the hell do we not have a Hellboy 3 to look forward to?”, his answer was disappointing.
Creatively, I would love to make it. Creatively. But it is proven almost impossible to finance. Not from MY side, but from the studio side. If I was a multimillionaire, I would finance it myself, but I spend all my money on rubber monsters.
He did however share his ideas for the next chapter.
The idea for it was to have Hellboy finally come to terms with the fact that his destiny, his inevitable destiny, is to become the beast of the Apocalypse, and having him and Liz face the sort of, that part of his nature, and he has to do it, in order to be able to ironically vanquish the foe that he has to face in the 3rd film. He has to become the best of the Apocalypse to be able to defend humanity, but at the same time he becomes a much darker being. It’s a very interesting ending to the series, but I don’t think it will happen.
However, todays news that a reboot is in the works, essentially kills any future plans for a third Perlman Hellboy film. It seems that the huge budget needed for Del Toro’s plans were just too much of a stumbling block, and that a reboot is the best option.
Neil Marshall, the director of one of my favorite horror films, the Descent, is attached to direct with a script by Andrew Cosby, Christopher Golden and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola. The film even has a working title, Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen. Sadly, Ron Perlman is not involved in the new film, instead producers are eyeing square jawed David Harbour, star of hit Netflix show Stranger Things, as the red skinned, stone-armed, Hellboy.