Crazy to think that there was a comic book adaptation that was successful outside the realm of Marvel and DC. But 2004's Hellboy was such a production. Deriving from Dark Horse Comics, the franchise spawned Hellboy II: The Golden Army in 2008 as it showcased Ron Perlman as the gruff demonic beast/superhero.
Whilst the first installment made a modest box office return of $99.3m from their $66m budget, the sequel was a huge hit to rake home $160.4m from their $85m investment. Yet director Guillermo del Toro and comic book creator Mike Mignola have come to blows as it appears a third film is dead in the water, despite both titles winning over critics and moviegoers globally.
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Usually it is the actors who suffer from diva moments, putting on a show to illustrate their frustration and flex the size of their ego. But sometimes directors and writers suffer the same disease as well, as del Toro and Mignola went toe-to-toe to point the blame at the other party.
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
Going on social media, del Toro explained, "Hellboy 3 Sorry to report: Spoke w(ith) all parties. Must report that 100% the sequel will not happen. And that is to be the final thing about it."
The 52-year old is busily working on a prequel/spinoff of the series, creating The Shape of Water - a title that is yet to release an official premiere date. That title will focus on Doug Jones' character Abe Sapien, an aquatic empath who played a role in both original movies.
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Speaking with French publication Le Figaro, Mignola argued that del Toro should have kept his statement between themselves, opening up a breakdown in their relationship that will affect any potential third installment.
"I was not very happy with the way he did that, just publishing a Tweet," said the comic book creator. "I would have been very pleased to see Guillermo with Ron Perlman, who has played Hellboy on the screen since 2004, and discussing this sequel. Ron and I had seen each other. Then, Guillermo made this (show) on the Internet. I said to myself: 'Call me if you want to talk to me, do not go through the Internet, you have my number.' I think we’ve both evolved in separate directions since the second Hellboy. I look forward to seeing what he will do next, but I do not see us working together again. He has his idea for the next Hellboy but, in all sincerity, I do not see him (realizing) the film. Too much water has flowed under the bridges from Hellboy 2."