February 21 was a sad day for #Hellboy fans. Director Guillermo del Toro confirmed that Hellboy 3 is officially dead. (Check out his official announcement below.)
Though details are currently scarce, del Toro did meet up with Hellboy star Ron Perlman and potential producers as he promised in a Twitter poll. The results were not what fans hoped for, but given the decent, yet not stellar, box office of the Hellboy films, this isn't that much of a surprise to some. Still, the film would've completed a fun trilogy that was improving with each film.
Let's take a moment of silence and watch the trailer for the last film in the franchise as remember our fallen heroes.
In honor of the now scrapped #Hellboy3, here are five additional franchise sequels that were shelved, for better or worse, and will now haunt us with thoughts of what could've been.
1. 28 Months Later
#28DaysLater rejuvenated the zombie movie in the new millennium, since they changed the rules and brought a new spin to the apocalypse. With the success of its sequel 28 Weeks Later, a third installment seemed obvious, but sadly, this was not to be.
Due to prior commitments and the complicated rights battle regarding the ownership of the first film, 28 Months Later was put on hiatus. The sequel's creative team gave an optimistic update in 2015 and even hinted at a possible fourth entry, but nothing has been heard from them since. Director Danny Boyle knew about this uphill fight, saying that the chances of the sequel happening were "40/60."
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Boyle moved on to film another sequel, #Trainspotting2, while his collaborator Alex Garland kept himself busy by writing and directing his critically acclaimed directorial debut, Ex Machina.
Check out the opening of 28 Weeks Later below.
2. The A-Team 2
#TheATeam, the film adaptation of the popular '80s TV show, may have its fair share of detractors and fans, but one group of people who really loved the movie are those who worked on it. Even if #LiamNeeson claimed he was confused by the movie, he and everyone else who brought the disgraced, but heroic military unit to the big screen were more than ready to jump into the roles for a second time.
Like Hellboy 3, the A-Team's second outing was halted because of financial issues. The A-Team earned just enough to break even, convincing producers that it wasn't a worthwhile investment. This was a sentiment that director Joe Carnahan acknowledged in a Tweet:
The A-Team wasn't perfect, but it had its moments. In an interview with Collider, Carnahan revealed that he planned to up the ante in the sequel. The director even wrote a 15 page treatment, which included Hannibal sledding on desert dunes, an airborne game of blackjack, and B.A. rescuing Face from a prison torture chamber - all of which happened in the opening sequence.
Check out one of the most kick-ass moments from The A-Team below.
3. The Divergent Series: Allegiant Part 2
Despite being based on a well-known Young Adult fiction series, the #Divergent movies never reached the heights set by The Hunger Games. The third film, #Allegiant, met such a half-hearted response from audiences and critics that Summit Entertainment quickly dropped any and all plans for the franchise's future.
The studio's decision to either scrap the franchise or conclude it with a TV-movie was so fast that even its stars only found out about it on social media. Miles Teller claimed that he found out about the news 20 minutes before Variety published the news, while leading actress Shailene Woodley expressed her desire to move on to other projects rather than participate in the potential Divergent TV-movie.
Check out a clip from The Divergent Series: Allegiant Part 1 below.
While some Divergent fans are still holding on to the hope that the story will get a formal conclusion, this seems highly unlikely given how unprofitable the franchise has become in its financiers' eyes.
4. The Amazing Spider-Man 3
Hoping to go toe-to-toe with the Marvel Cinematic Universe (#MCU), Sony put all of its Marvel franchise hopes on the shoulders of #TheAmazingSpiderMan2. The sequel failed to entice viewers, earning just enough to break even but not much else. This forced Sony to strike a deal with Marvel to co-own the rights of #SpiderMan - a compromise that was met enthusiastically by Spidey fans.
Check out the trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming, Spider-Man's first solo movie in the MCU, below.
If The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was the success that Sony wanted, its sequel would have went off the rails. After the death of Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) is so struck with grief that he turns to scientific necromancy to ease his pains. According to Captain George Stacy (Denis Leary), Spider-Man would have made a formula capable of resurrecting the dead - Captain Stacy included. And somehow, the #SinisterSix was involved in this plot as well.
Though some would defend The Amazing Spider-Man movies, it's hard to justify a third entry that had a plot even more convoluted than The Clone Saga.
5. Green Lantern 2 And The Original DCEU
One of DC's biggest film failures to date is #GreenLantern: the multi-million Dollar superhero movie that became a punchline in #Deadpool. Even with a popular cast led by Ryan Reynolds, Green Lantern failed for many reasons, including going over-budget and having a muddled story that wanted to do too much in a limited amount of time.
Green Lantern was not only meant to be the first part of a trilogy starring Hal Jordan, but it was also meant to launch DC's counter to the MCU. This was made evident not only in appearances from Amanda Waller (Angela Bassett) and an ending teaser that hinted at the resurgence of the Yellow Lantern Corps, but the overall tone of Green Lantern which some felt was too similar to that of the first #IronMan movie.
Check out a clip from Green Lantern below.
The backlash against Green Lantern forced DC to rethink its plans for a cinematic universe, which would officially start two years later with Man Of Steel. Though unconfirmed, it's been rumored that Green Lantern is to blame for the DC Expanded Universe's (#DCEU) somber tone. Apparently, DC thought that it was the comedy that tanked the movie, hence the decision to excise everything lighthearted from future films.
Hellboy 3 sadly joins a growing number of sequels and franchises that will now never see life on the big screen, but its story and the efforts of the filmmakers won't be easily forgotten. Maybe in the future, studios and directors will look back at these scrapped ideas and create something new from these abandoned projects.
Until that time comes, all we can do is look back at these missed opportunities and imagine what could've been.
What other scrapped sequels do you wish had been produced?