The saga of the unfinished Hellboy franchise may finally be coming to an end, after it was revealed that a new reboot is on the way. Though it isn’t one that we necessarily wanted…
Since 2008 film Hellboy II: The Golden Army premiered, the expectation of a final installment – where we meet Red and Liz’s twins and find out if Hellboy is, in fact, going to end the world – has been long withheld.
Due to numerous financial negotiations with studios who weren’t willing to fork over the $120 million needed to fund his vision, the original director Guillermo del Toro didn’t see much point in continuing.
Ron Perlman, who famously played Hellboy, concurred with his friend and frequent collaborator and also left the series.
The decision left fans of the cult films and comic books gutted to say the least – loaded included.
Recently, a glimmer of hope appeared when del Toro posted a poll on his Twitter feed asking the web to give their two cents as to whether Hellboy III should happen.
The response was a resounding ‘Hell Yes!’ After the result, the assumption was that he would then meet with Perlman and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola to start making plans for a third film.
However, the latest news regarding the franchise is bittersweet: Hellboy is happening but not with two of the men who brought him to life – Ron Perlman and del Toro himself [via Hollywood Reporter].
Instead, the franchise is leaving Revolution Studios and moving over to Millennium films, which are known for bestowing the world with The Expendables movies.
They are also bringing a new face on board to fill Perlman’s giant shoes: David Harbour.
The actor has been on the radar for ages, cropping up in loads of interesting film and TV projects, but he only hit his stride recently with his turn as Jim Hopper on Stranger Things. Now, it seems he’s set to move over to yet another cult franchise.
While he does look the part and his physique is appropriate to play the intimidating Hellboy, we can’t help but suspect he will never bring the swagger and wit that Perlman injected into the role. Ron Perlman created Hellboy, without him it seems blasphemous to go on.
Additionally, del Toro’s penchant for creating avant-garde monsters and his signature gothic sci-fi aesthetic will be greatly missed. There has also been no word on whether they will feature Selma Blair or bring contortionist and del Toro stalwart Doug Jones back to play Red’s best friend Abe Sapien.
Let’s face it; they are both pretty impossible to replace. Unless the reboot is a prequel of sorts and we follow Hellboy during his youth, we’re already expecting to be left a little disappointed.
Luckily the original production team and Hellboy’s creator Mike Mignola are still heavily involved with the reboot, which has a working title of Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen.
It’s also been revealed that the script is being put together by Andrew Cosby, Christopher Golden, and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, and the director taking over from del Toro is “The Descent” and Game of Thrones maestro Neil Marshall.
For now, we’re upset that the change-over is happening, and can’t help but think this is a BIG mistake. We’d love to be pleasantly surprised, but we’ll be judging this rehashing very carefully when it does eventually hit the big screen.
Guillermo and Perlman, you will be so missed.