Last month, writer-director Guillermo del Toro promised he would talk to Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and star Ron Perlman on making the long-awaited, fans-clamored third installment of the Hellboy series.
Now, del Toro has taken to Twitter to announce that the sequel will not happen.
If a third film actually came about, del Toro previously explained what would the story be:
“The idea for it was to have Hellboy finally come to terms with the fact that his destiny, his inevitable destiny, is to become the beast of the Apocalypse, and having him and Liz face the sort of, that part of his nature, and he has to do it, in order to be able to ironically vanquish the foe that he has to face in the 3rd film. He has to become the beast of the Apocalypse to be able to defend humanity, but at the same time he becomes a much darker being. It’s a very interesting ending to the series.”
Perlman also spoke about ideas for the film previously, addressing the children that Selma Blair’s Liz Sherman was pregnant with at the end of the second film.
“The two twins: one would look like the mom and one would look like the dad. And one of them was going to be completely f*cking corrupt, the other one angelic. Which one was which? Only Guillermo would make the f*cked-up-looking one be the angel. So then that adds to the saga.”
So, there. A Hellboy 3 is out of the picture, for now. While we may be disappointed, this might also come as an opportunity for del Toro to work on more original works in the future.