This year’s Hellboy reboot was not a resounding success. It was reportedly a conflict of interests behind the scenes, it did poorly at the box office, and even this rabid fan of the comics and del Toro films thought the movie was just a waste. Still, in an industry reliant on big names there was some hope perhaps that Neil Marshall’s hard-R reboot would find a successor, though its red star doesn’t seem optimistic.
Speaking to ComicBook.com, Hellboy and Stranger Things star David Harbour shed some light on the potential franchise, the dust from the April release having settled. Acknowledging that the film had some fans, Harbour says “in the culture at large, I don’t think it was very well received.” He goes on to mention rumblings at Lionsgate regarding a sequel. “I don’t think the perception was that it was a hit… I think the idea is to move on. The producers spoke to me just saying ‘Great job,’ they really liked what I did, but I haven’t heard anything about a sequel, and I’m not hanging my hat on anything like that.”
That about nails the coffin shut then. If Big Red doesn’t know about it, it seems unlikely we’ll see a sequel to the film anytime soon. There were rumors for awhile of the greater ‘Mignola-verse’ being adapted into a TV series, though Hellboy creator Mike Mignola quashed those rumors. Still, we’ve seen animated features, and the comics live on through spin-offs and rereleases. Hopefully we one day get a worthy successor to del Toro’s films in some capacity.
Hellboy Star David Harbour Confirms No Sequel Is in the Works [ComicBook.com]