Hellboy Is Getting A Third Movie, Although It’s More Of A Reboot Than A Continuation

Guillermo Del Toro and Ron Perlman will not be returning as director and actor respectively. David Harbour, the NETFLIX Stranger Things star is in talks to take over the red skinned cigar chomping devil of the two previous films.

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Millennium is negotiating with producers Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levine for the next film which would reboot and relaunch the series. Neil Marshall well known for his work on Game of Thrones is at this stage attached to direct the film with a working title of Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen based on a script by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola along with Andrew Cosby and Christopher Golden.

Created by Mike Mignola in 1993, Hellboy tells the story of a demon freed from hell, raised by a professor, and working for an organisation called BPRD (Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defence). Published by Dark Horse Comics, Hellboy has featured in comic books, miniseries, one shots and crossover publications. The first movie made by Revolution Studios was co-written and directed by Guillermo Del Toro.

Made on a budget of approximately $66 million and released in 2004 by Sony, the film went on to make $60 million dollars domestically and a further $40 million in the domestic markets. Guillermo Del Toro and Ron Perlman re-united for the second film in the series 2008’s Hellboy 2: The Golden Army. Unfortunately it released the same week as Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight featuring Heath Ledger as The Joker, and took a hit to the box office numbers.

Both movies have enjoyed a strong cult following and rumours of a third in the series has done the rounds. In 2016 Guillermo Del Toro, Dark Horse Entertainment, Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levine were exploring the options for a third instalment, but budgetary constraints were limiting Del Toro’s vision for the third.

Guillermo Del Toro was quoted as saying “The hard fact is that the movie’s going to need about $120 million and there’s nobody knocking down our doors to give it to us,” Guillermo Del Toro spoke with Ron Perlman and Mike Mignola earlier in the year and it was decided Del Toro would not be involved in the third movie.