Guillermo del Toro Wanted to Make Hellboy 3 as a Comic

The original Hellboy franchise died when Mike Mignola officially announced plans for a cinematic reboot more than two years ago. There was a time when Guillermo del Toro had every intention of making a third installment in his Ron Perlman-led series. Unfortunately, his involvement with several other projects (some of which never actually got made) kept him from pursuing this. As it turns out, del Toro considered other ways to tell his story. Mignola revealed as much while speaking with ScreenRant.

During the interview, Mignola noted that del Toro reached out to him about giving his Hellboy series a proper conclusion in comic book form. However, the character’s creator believed readers wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between that series and his own ongoing title.

“I think del Toro mentioned it to me once, and I said no,” said Mignola. “I think, let the comics be the comics. Comics are confusing enough for people. Let’s not have two different versions of the Hellboy comic out there. My vote would be [to say] no.”

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Del Toro originally postponed work on Hellboy 3 so he could direct The Hobbit, which he departed in 2010 after being attached to it for two years. Around the same time, he was also planning new takes on The Adventures of Pinocchio and The Haunted Mansion, but neither film got off the ground. He regained interest in the sequel in 2012 after Perlman made headlines for visiting a sick child in full Hellboy makeup. But ultimately, nothing came from that.

Del Toro shared a bit of insight into the movie’s plot while participating in a Reddit AMA in 2014. Hellboy apparently would have faced his destiny as the beast of the Apocalypse in a last-ditch effort to save humanity. Sadly, it doesn’t look like we’ll get to see this conclusion in any medium.

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