Hellboy 2: The Golden Army was released in 2004, though unfortunately didn't fare well at the box office, despite its relatively positive critical reception. Despite this, for more than 12 years, fans have been clamoring for a third installment to wrap up the franchise, along with star Ron Perlman throwing his support behind the idea.
Throughout 2017, there's was a lot of buzz that seemed to indicate #Hellboy3 would be happening. In January, Guillermo del Toro posted a poll on Twitter, asking fans whether they'd like to see everyone's favorite Hell's spawn return:
He promised that if the tweet reached a certain milestone, serious talks for the sequel would be happening:
As I'm sure you can imagine, the poll was a success, gathering over 130,000 answers. The response followed yet another tweet from the legendary director, indicating that things were finally moving forward. Long overdue, considering that GDT has already had the plot points for Hellboy 3 mapped out for years.
The Sad News
Prepare for a gut punch, everyone. Despite all the hope above, #GuillermodelToro just broke our hearts by announcing that, after speaking with all parties involved with the project, Hellboy 3 is officially dead:
Considering the roller coaster ride the franchise has been for del Toro, is understandable his announcement is as definitive. #RonPerlman joined in on the sadness by announcing Hellboy was looking for a job:
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Given the excitement from everyone involved in the franchise to finish the trilogy, this announcement is very surprising. Back in September of 2015, Ron Perlman revealed that he felt he was done with Hellboy, but agreed to come back after realizing what the story would be:
"I really feel as though I'm done with the character. I don't have a burning desire to put that shit on again. But Guillermo told me what the resolve of the trilogy would look like, in broad strokes, and it's such an amazingly theatrical, cinematic idea, that I found it essential that we do it. We were designed to be a trilogy, with a beginning, a middle and an end. We've only done two-thirds, so I feel that we're not really done until we finish it."
The news of Hellboy 3 officially getting killed gets even more puzzling with the fact that Guillermo del Toro had a very clear idea for the film following up on the sequel's cliffhanger of Hellboy twins, as Perlman revealed during the same interview:
"The two twins: one would look like the mum and one would look like the dad. And one of them was going to be completely f--g corrupt, the other one angelic. Which one was which? Only Guillermo would make the f-- up-looking one be the angel. So then that adds to the saga."
Like I said above, it was understandable for Hellboy 3 not to get made for a long time, taking into account its predecessor's poor financial reception and, as del Toro previously described during a Reddit AMA, studios not having a reliable safety net with DVD sales after release. However, we live in the era of #comicbook movies. Audiences are willing to see anything (well, almost) that's a superhero adaptation, especially if it brings something new to the mix, so Hellboy could have a decent run at the box office.
But, there's no arguing about it right now, Hellboy 3 is officially dead. Everyone light a cigar in solidarity.
How do you feel about 'Hellboy 3' being officially cancelled?