Bad news, Hellboy fans- the whispers we’ve been hearing about a third installment in the Hellboy movie franchise not happening were confirmed this past Tuesday, February 21st, when director Guillermo Del Toro sent out a tweet saying, “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”.
If you are a fan of Del Toro’s work then you are pretty used to this sort of thing by now (as a huge Haunted Mansion fan, I know I’m by no means alone in saying I’ve been patiently waiting for the official greenlight to remain permanently lit on his Haunted Mansion film project announced seven years ago… as of last year, Del Toro reported that he is working on his fourth draft of a script, so continue to hold our breath, we shall) but that doesn’t make it sting any less. The Hellboy films were not only visually stunning but brought a darker, ghoulish presence to the superhero genre that set them apart.
Could Guillermo Del Toro’s busy schedule have something to do with the third movie being canned? Possibly. He’s writing the script for the Pacific Rim sequel (hooray!), has announced that a dark version of Pinocchio is in the works (also hooray!) and has a movie coming out sometime this year (no official date set yet) called The Shape of Water that he directed and co-wrote with Vanessa Taylor. However, we’ve been waiting for it for awhile now (the second movie came out in 2008), so what’s awhile longer? What the other details are as to why it’s not happening may never be revealed, but at least now we have a seemingly final- albeit unfortunate- decision.