Guillermo del Toro was the first moviemaker to adapt Dark Horse Comics character named Hellboy and his surrounding mythology for the big screen. His first Hellboy movie came out in the year 2004, and Hellboy II: The Golden Army following in the year 2008.
For years, the fans of this duology hoped that there would be a third outing for Ron Perlman’s iteration of Hellboy, but Hellboy 3 never came to be.
Instead, the Hellboy reboot arrived in the year 2019, with Stranger Things star David Harbour playing the title role, but it was a critical and a commercial disappointment.
So now that it does look like this latest take on the world of Hellboy is going to be a one-and-done affair, does this mean that Hellboy 3 could be reconsidered?
While that remains to be witnessed, Ron Perlman sounds like he has not entirely ruled out donning the red colored makeup and shortened horns for a third time.
Ron Perlman has also echoed these sentiments before, saying previously this year that the reason he opted not to star in the new film was because Guillermo del Toro was not the one directing it.
And back in the year 2018, Perlman expressed disappointment that the third part did not come together because he also felt that the fans of the original two films were owed “closure.”
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While Perlman did not wish David Harbour ill will about the Hellboy affair, he also has not watched the reboot because it was none of his business.
Again, there is no word yet on if the third part might get a second chance at life following the reboot’s failure. However, it is not hard to imagine Hollywood wanting to distance itself from the Dark Horse property for at least some years, if even return to it at all.
That being said, if the third part were to get off the ground, this would not be the very first time the original continuity of a movie series is re-explored following a reboot.
2018’s Halloween was a direct sequel to the year 1978 original, and the exact same approach is being taken with the upcoming features, RoboCop Returns and Ghostbusters: Afterlife.
But Ron Perlman is just half of the equation to get the third part going. As indicated earlier, the actor would not do the threequel without Guillermo del Toro, and he is quite the busy moviemaker with his upcoming projects, including Pinocchio and Nightmare Alley.