Guillermo Del Toro broke nerd hearts around the world today when he shared what he says is “the final” word on ‘Hellboy 3’.
To summarise: it aint happening…. ever.
“[I] Must report that 100% the sequel will not happen,” Del Toro tweeted earlier to his 602k fans, “and that is to be the final thing about it.”
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
The 52-year-old Mexican filmmaker wrote and directed 2004’s ‘Hellboy’ and 2008’s ‘Hellboy II: The Golden Army’, with fan demand for a third film growing ever since. Ron Perlman, who played Hellboy in both films, has long campaigned for a third shot at playing the demon superhero.
In January this year the director polled his Twitter followers to gauge interest in ‘Hellboy 3’, saying he’d meet with Ron Perlman and Mike Mignola if he got over 100k votes. On the 19th of January, Del Toro confirmed talks were afoot, but it looks like they didn’t go according to plan.
I spoke with Ron Perlman. He's in for the sit down. Will approach Mignola next. Will keep you posted. Very moved by your love of pt I & II
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) January 19, 2017
Unfortunately neither film in the franchise made huge money at the box office, and in a Reddit AMA in 2014 Del Toro hinted that the finances could be holding a third film back.
“We have gone through basically every studio and asked for financing, and they are not interested,” he wrote.
“I think that the first movie made its budget back, and a little bit of profit, but then it was very very big on video and DVD. The story repeated itself with the second already, it made its money back at the box office, but a small margin of profit in the release of the theatrical print, but was very very big on DVD and video. Sadly now from a business point of view all the studios know is that you don’t have that safety net of the DVD and video, so they view the project as dangerous.”
So there we have it, we won’t be seeing another ‘Hellboy’ film from this creative team in the future.
Can someone get Netflix on the phone?