Whispers of a supposed third entry into the Hellboy film series have circulated for years now, even though it never seemed all that likely to happen. While the devoted fans are there, the financial returns for Guillermo del Toro’s pricey adaptations made it a difficult sell from the start. Recently, however, a glimmer of hope seemed to appear when del Toro teased a Twitter poll regarding a meeting between star Ron Perlman, series creator Mike Mignola, and himself. The meeting eventually did take place, but unfortunately, it appears to have been for naught — “Hellboy 3” is officially not gonna happen.
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
“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,” tweeted del Toro this morning, in case you were wondering what that faint sigh heard around the world was all about.
While it may not be all that surprising to most, it’s still a bummer to hear the final word straight from del Toro himself. Maybe one day in the far future we’ll see Big Red on the big screen again, but for now, it seems to be a done — and depressing — deal.
Based on the comics by Mike Mignola, “Hellboy” debuted in 2004, introducing Perlman as the title character. The film grossed $99 million worldwide, enough for to result in the 2008 sequel “Hellboy II: The Golden Army,” which earned more than $160 million.