Guillermo del Toro says Hellboy 3 is dead, creator Mike Mignola hints at creative tension


At this point it seems like Guillermo del Toro has a knack for movies getting away from him. They gestate, they build, but they don’t come to fruition. The Hobbit, for instance, and also At the Mountains of Madness. Now you can add Hellboy 3 to that list.

Del Toro took to Twitter yesterday to say that Hellboy 3 was dead. Deceased. Is no more. Has ceased to be. Has expired to meet its maker. Rung down the curtain and joined the choir invisible. No surprise, since Hellboy II: The Golden Army came out back in 2008 and interest has likely waned. Del Toro previously suggested he would meet with Ron Perlman and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola about where a Hellboy sequel stood, but it appears to have gone nowhere.

Then again, one tweet from del Toro doesn’t tell the full story.

Mike Mignola (who killed off Hellboy in the comics in 2016) seemed a bit perturbed by del Toro’s tweet. He spoke to Le Figaro about the fate of the next Hellboy movie and said the following (in translation):

I was not very happy with the way he did that, just publishing a Tweet. I would have been very pleased to see Guillermo with Ron Perlman, who has played Hellboy on the screen since 2004, and discussing this sequel. Ron and I had seen each other. Then, Guillermo made this [show] on the Internet. I said to myself: “Call me if you want to talk to me, do not go through the Internet, you have my number.” I think we’ve both evolved in separate directions since the second Hellboy. I look forward to seeing what he will do next, but I do not see us working together again. He has his idea for the next Hellboy but, in all sincerity, I do not see him [realizing] the film. Too much water has flowed under the bridges from Hellboy 2.

/Film cites a Facebook comment from Mignola clarifying the above statement.

So Hellboy 3 may be dead as a del Toro film, but it may be made by someone else. Makes me wonder about the creative tension/split between del Toro and Mignola and what brought it about. As much as I enjoyed Hellboy II, it felt like Mike Mignola characters dropped into a very Guillermo del Toro movie.

Who do you think should helm the next Hellboy adaptation (if it ever happens)? Let us know in the comments.

[via /Film]
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