Greetings Space Cadets, bad news for Hellboy fans, but we can officially put a longstanding issue to rest: director Guillermo del Toro confirmed that Hellboy 3 definitely won’t happen.
After years of “will they, won’t they?” updates from the cast and filmmaker, Del Toro went on Twitter to relay the sobering news. “Hellboy 3 Sorry to report,” he wrote on Tuesday morning. “Spoke w all parties. Must report that 100% the sequel will not happen. And that is to be the final thing about it.”
Earlier this year, Del Toro did a flash poll on social media to gauge interest, which was still very much alive. He then promised a sit down with star Ron Perlman and Hellboy‘s gatekeeper Mike Mignolia about the realities of such an endeavour. Unfortunately, it’s not the reality many hoped for.
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
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) February 21, 2017
Perlman starred in red body paint and prosthetics alongside Doug Jones and Selma Blair for Hellboy, released in 2004 with a retelling of the comic book demon who hopped dimensions and became a supernatural superhero. The trio reunited for Hellboy II: The Golden Army in 2008, and there’s been talk of another sequel ever since. Pretty much everyone involved expressed ambivalence over the project’s future, but Del Toro somehow managed to keep a spark of hope simmering.
Now the filmmaker can focus on new stories, like his Cold War epic The Shape of Water and the Trollhunters Netflix series (coming back for season 2).