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Creator Mike Mignola Pretty Sure Del Toro Is Done With Hellboy

Does it count as unfortunate news if you already knew on an instinctive level that such was the case anyway? Guillermo del Toro has done a fantastic job of breathing life into Mike Mignola’s Hellboy — with no small amount of thanks due to Ron Perlman — but his time with the series seems to be done, at least as far as the comic’s creator sees it.

“Last I heard he said he would not make it,” Mignola told The Daily Blam over the weekend at the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo. “Guillermo — who I love — in every interview there’s a new story on what his next movie is and he honestly believes he’s going to do all these things. But last I heard, he said ‘I’m never gonna get back to Hellboy.’ I’m not surprised because he won’t live long enough to do a tenth of the movies he’s told me he’s going to make.”

“I can’t imagine him (del Toro) making a Hellboy 3. He’s very enthusiastic and says he’s going to do all these things … ummm … he’s cute [laughs].”

So basically … what Mignola is saying … is that del Toro is a huge, raving fanboy. We all knew that, right? I love hearing him get enthusiastic about this stuff, even if a fair percentage of it is never going to happen. It shows that he’s keyed in. That’s why he was such a tremendous choice for The Hobbit and that’s why Hellboy felt so faithful. Del Toro is one of us.


  • Tomfitz1

    I guess that’s it for the francise?

    Alas, poor Hellboy, we hardly knew ye.

  • AirDave

    And, on top of that, isn’t Ron Perlman at a point where he’s just tired of wearing prothetics and make-up for EVERY character? He’s a modern day Lon Chaney!

  • Sephy

    Meh. I wouldnt be hurt if someone else jumped into the directors chair for Hellboy considering Hellboy 2 felt more like a crappy promo for Pans Labirynth.

  • John Byrne Says…

    I had a feeling there would not be a third movie but knowing there won’t be is still a bummer. What I like most about the movies is, well they brought me closer to my sister. She’s never been a comic book fan but she had seen the first Hellboy and loved it. So she came to me for the books and after that she would borrow new titles every few months. We talk so much more now than we ever did.

  • Wes

    I liked the first HB but I didn’t really care for the second; too much exposition; and I’m sure there will be another HB movie.

  • Otto66hb

    No more Selma Blair as Liz? Thank you, thank you, thank you…

  • Lewis4510

    The first Hellboy was great but the second…WTF happened? Scenes meant to be funny were just stupid. Dramatic scenes were barf up a lung nauseating and action scenes were repetetive and boring. And the effects were horrible.

  • aPo

    That’s very sad.  I love his hellboy movies and Hellboy 2 was miles and miles better than the first hellboy.  I would have love to see what he would’ve done with a third one

  • Anonymous

    WOW i was excited for another movie but i guess not and why does it have to be 4 years between each movie.

  • Cjorg2

    “That’s why he was such a tremendous choice for The Hobbit and that’s why Hellboy felt so faithful. Del Toro is one of us.”

    LMAO.  “Del Toro is one of us.” – that’s funny.  You had a good look at “us” lately?  Might want to revise that statement…

  • Sandino

    Sad, as I’d be looking forward to seeing Perlman an Hellboy again. But HB II truly WAS disappointing. Way too popcorny. And after that sequel one can seriously doubt that del Toro still is the right director for a third part.

  • Stuart

    So disappointed but not surprised.   Hellboy 2 was one of the best fantasy films I’ve ever seen.

    It was outstanding and even better than the first one, but the movies pale in compatison to where Mignola is taking the books right now.   So I’d love to see them make the HBO TV version of the Hellboy canon one day.   First do the origin, then all the one shots, then the current run.  

    I just want Del Toro to make his next movie already, the Hobbit runaround was a horrible waste of time which probably cost us at least 2-3 movies from one of the all time great directors…

  • Lesya

    So basically… that last paragraph was a waste of words

  • Wrigglesworth

    faithful? really?! have you ever read a Hellboy comic? the 2 movies and the 2 animated ones completely lack the style, humor and lasting impact of any of the comics. del Toro is one of the most overrated directors in fan geek circles. not at all disappointed


  • Jacob

    I’m the opposite. I found the books boring and uninteresting, but all of the movies very good.

  • Anonymous

    Well, X-Men The Last Stand was ok with a different director so this one should be ok….oh wait.

  • Pedro

    Glad to hear it.  His Hellboy 2 was terrible.  The whole Liz is gonna have a hell-baby was the stupidest story line ever.  Although I enjoyed the characters used and the actors that portrayed them the story was the worse and the HB universe will be the better for his departure.  He did a great job on HB 1 and created a great foundation for another director to move forward with, we’ll all just ignore HB 2 as the “number 2″ that it is.

  • Jacob

    Why would we ignore it? A lot of people (fans and critics) loved it.

  • Dan C.

    This sounds like a matter of common sense more than a formal announcement. I just hope that Guillermo del Toro manages to get something onto film in the near future. I was relieved when he stepped down from The Hobbit, since that would have meant years of his career on yet another Tolkien film,  but bitterly disappointed when his adaptation of Lovecraft failed to materialize. I hope doesn’t become the most exciting rumor in Hollywood for years at a time instead of getting to make films.

  • Adam Rosenberg

    Watch Sons of Anarchy. No prosthetics there. Incredible acting though.

  • Jacob

    If he was tired of it, he’d stop doing it.

  • demoncat_4

    sad for would have love to see Del torro finish the franchise. though think Del torro once said he does not want to do hell boy three because the ending mike had planned for it  upset Del torro too much.