Well, now we know why Guillermo del Toro’s attempts to get Hellboy 3 off the ground didn’t succeed: it’s not that Mike Mignola didn’t want to make a new Hellboy movie, it’s just that he didn’t want to make that one.
So in summary, the new Hellboy reboot will:
- Be directed by Neil Marshall, of The Descent and Dog Soldiers
- Star David Harbour, most recently of Stranger Things and “Joe wishing he would play Cable”
- Be an R-rated, more horror-tinged affair than the previous two films
Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing really depends on your opinion of the original Hellboy films; while they certainly have a dedicated fanbase who adore them, it’s safe to say they weren’t massive hits; and so for every fan (or star) of the movies who’s disappointed that del Toro and Ron Perlman won’t get the chance to complete their trilogy together, there are plenty of fans of Mignola’s comics who are happy to see a new take.
As for us? Well, we quite liked the original films, but if there was ever a time for a third one by del Toro, that time has maybe passed? We’re a little unsure why a Hellboy film necessarily needs to be R-rated from the outset, but it’s hard to deny that David Harbour is a favourite around these parts, so he represents particularly interesting casting.
So it’s safe to say that while a third film in the original series might have been nice, we’re prepared to give this one a chance with an open mind.