Late last year, Guillermo del Toro took to social media to gauge interest in a potential Hellboy III. For years, fans have been hungry to see actor Ron Perlman return to the fold as the red-skinned comic book hero. Sadly, however, although del Toro gathered enough interest to initiate talks, it seems as though the historically muted performance of the previous films were just too much to overcome. Del Toro said that, despite their efforts, a Hellboy III was simply not in the cards.
Cut to a couple weeks back, and it seems like it had less to do with the property of Hellboy, and more to do with the particular interpretation. Maybe audiences just weren’t as interested in seeing the same vision for a third time. In order to garner a bigger audience, perhaps they just needed to take things in a whole new (R-rated) direction. As we reported earlier this month, comic artist Mike Mignola recently announced that they’d be moving forward with such a vision, set to be directed by The Descent’s Neil Marshall, with Stranger Things’ David Harbour starring in the lead role?
But what would have things been like if del Toro and Perlman had been given the go-ahead with their third film? Speaking at this past weekend’s Motor City Comic Con, Perlman discussed what fans could have expected from this film (via Dread Central).
“The third one was meant to be epic and conclusive and a resolve for all these, almost, Greek oracle promises of the destiny of Hellboy. It would’ve made for a really good movie, I think.”
Of course, this just acts as a twisting of the knife to those loyal fans who had hoped to see a Hellboy III. However, if you’re thinking that Perlman and co. have any ill will towards this new production, you’d be wrong.
“David Harbour is a good dude. I wish him nothing but the best when it comes to the retooling of HB.”
Indeed in this day and age, despite the constant trend of rebooting properties, I personally think this was a right one. In today’s climate, making something that’s fresher, and something that skews a bit closer to the source material isn’t a half bad prospect. Add that to our ability to pull off some incredibly visual effects, and we may get something truly groundbreaking in the comic book movie genre.
Are you excited to see what comes of this reboot of Hellboy, are you still disappointed that Perlman and del Toro will no longer be involved? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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SOURCE: Dread Central