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05.09.2017

Guillermo Del Toro and Ron Perlman may not get to make a third HELLBOY movie they’ve been trying to get going for a decade or so, but that doesn’t mean no one else will get a shot at the big bad demon slayer. Word is the red hero is getting the reboot treatment sans the famed duo, this time with STRANGER THINGS actor David Harbour and director Neil Marshall taking their places.

THR got the scoop that Millennium is currently in negotiations with Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin to reboot the franchise with Dark Horse Entertainment set to produce. The working title of the film is HELLBOY: RISE OF THE BLOOD QUEEN, with Andrew Cosby, Christopher Golden and creator of the comic, Mike Mignola, having written the script. Mignola himself went on record to say the film will be R-rated:

Harbour is in talks to play the bearded demon hero with a mighty fist, and Marshall has made a name for himself with horror movies like THE DESCENT and episodes of WESTWORLD and GAME OF THRONES. Marshall is reportedly working on a new script with Aron Coelite, who worked on the show HEROES and is now working on STAR TREK: DISCOVERY.

You may be wondering why they didn't let Del Toro make his third film with Perlman, as that’s the movie fans of the character have been dying for to see for years. Some time ago Del Toro mentioned how discussions were ongoing about a third film, which he had with Gordon, Levin and Dark Horse, the current controllers of the series. Turns out Del Toro wanted too much money for his grand vision, and it was thought a reboot of the series was the best option.

The Del Toro movies may have won over critics and comic fans, but the movies were never really box office hits, with the two movies making a combined global total of $260 million. The last film, THE GOLDEN ARMY, came out in 2008 and Del Toro seemed confident his vision would not be complete any time soon.

The HELLBOY movies are great, but I can’t say I’ve watched them fondly over and over again, but that's not to say I haven't watched them more than once. Del Toro’s love for practical effects and makeup is really what made them stand out on a visual level, and I think that’s what I’ll miss most. But, it’s been so many years, and I think a relaunch may be the only way to really get audiences back in the theaters. It’s kind of a sucky truth to admit, but there you go. Harbour is no Perlman, but he has the build and attitude to fit the role nicely. Marshall is no Del Toro but…yeah...

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1:36AM on 05/10/2017

Meh...

Don't really care one way or the other. All I know is that the only reason they're going with a hard R rating is because of Deadpool and Logan. Good Luck...not!
Don't really care one way or the other. All I know is that the only reason they're going with a hard R rating is because of Deadpool and Logan. Good Luck...not!
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8:21PM on 05/09/2017
Del Toro made a petition and got a meeting with Perlman and the studio said no? So they are rebooting it instead and making it a hard R... and we still don't have a Spawn reboot yet?.... smh.
Del Toro made a petition and got a meeting with Perlman and the studio said no? So they are rebooting it instead and making it a hard R... and we still don't have a Spawn reboot yet?.... smh.
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7:00PM on 05/09/2017
Great. - love Marshalls work on Dog Soldiers and The Descent and plus the first 2 hellboy films were boring as fuck, bout time we got a different direction.
As for Del Torro - he seems to talk the talk but never pulled rank when it comes to getting a third film off the ground ....
Great. - love Marshalls work on Dog Soldiers and The Descent and plus the first 2 hellboy films were boring as fuck, bout time we got a different direction.
As for Del Torro - he seems to talk the talk but never pulled rank when it comes to getting a third film off the ground ....
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7:57PM on 05/09/2017
He wanted to make a third film and tried a number of times, but the studio wouldn't give him the budget he wanted. Although if he really wanted to, it sounds like he could've got a less-ambitious, conservatively budgeted film made but he wasn't really interested in that.
He wanted to make a third film and tried a number of times, but the studio wouldn't give him the budget he wanted. Although if he really wanted to, it sounds like he could've got a less-ambitious, conservatively budgeted film made but he wasn't really interested in that.
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6:27PM on 05/09/2017
Screw that. The Hellboy franchise is excellent and got screwed. It belongs to Del Toro. He deserves to make a third film. Hope this pile fails.
Screw that. The Hellboy franchise is excellent and got screwed. It belongs to Del Toro. He deserves to make a third film. Hope this pile fails.
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7:01PM on 05/09/2017
Grow up
Grow up
7:01PM on 05/09/2017
Grow up
Grow up
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3:43PM on 05/09/2017

Keep Perlman!

And go with the new director. I love the first 2 films, but where both of them fall short is that there never really feels like there's any real genuine threat to Hellboy that he can't easily over come!
And go with the new director. I love the first 2 films, but where both of them fall short is that there never really feels like there's any real genuine threat to Hellboy that he can't easily over come!
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3:33PM on 05/09/2017
I loathe David Harbour. Hated him long before he went full libtard. There is a reason this guy plays so many slime ball weasels.
I loathe David Harbour. Hated him long before he went full libtard. There is a reason this guy plays so many slime ball weasels.
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3:01PM on 05/09/2017
Why recast a character like Hellboy?? Doesn't Hollywood remember movie fans hate recasts? Don't they remember the outrage when pretty boy Heath Ledger was cast as Joker, that Daniel Craig just wasn't Bond, that Ben Affleck would be the worst Batman ever?
Why recast a character like Hellboy?? Doesn't Hollywood remember movie fans hate recasts? Don't they remember the outrage when pretty boy Heath Ledger was cast as Joker, that Daniel Craig just wasn't Bond, that Ben Affleck would be the worst Batman ever?
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7:54PM on 05/09/2017
Uh, maybe because Ron Perlman will be 68 by the time they start filming?
Uh, maybe because Ron Perlman will be 68 by the time they start filming?
2:50PM on 05/09/2017

Awesome!!!

I LOOOOOOOVE comic book movie reboots!
I LOOOOOOOVE comic book movie reboots!
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2:07PM on 05/09/2017
Ron Perlman IS Hellboy. He is irreplaceable. I like David Harbour and I have enjoyed a couple of Neil Marshall's films, but it's difficult to imagine a Hellboy world without Ron Perlman. I didn't mind the PG-13 world Guillermo Del Toro built. Fun times were had. Marshall is a good fit for an R-rated universe. Although I wasn't too eager to see Del Toro make another Hellboy flick, I'm definitely game for his upcoming The Shape of Water. I think David Harbour would be a better fit for Alec
Ron Perlman IS Hellboy. He is irreplaceable. I like David Harbour and I have enjoyed a couple of Neil Marshall's films, but it's difficult to imagine a Hellboy world without Ron Perlman. I didn't mind the PG-13 world Guillermo Del Toro built. Fun times were had. Marshall is a good fit for an R-rated universe. Although I wasn't too eager to see Del Toro make another Hellboy flick, I'm definitely game for his upcoming The Shape of Water. I think David Harbour would be a better fit for Alec Holland in a Swamp Thing movie directed by Del Toro. It's a wish I'd love to see made real.
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3:05PM on 05/09/2017
Actually gotta agree with you on Harbour as Swamp Thing. Now there's a property that needs a reboot!
Actually gotta agree with you on Harbour as Swamp Thing. Now there's a property that needs a reboot!
4:54PM on 05/09/2017
Dude! That Swamp Thing idea is on point! Great idea there!
Dude! That Swamp Thing idea is on point! Great idea there!
1:47PM on 05/09/2017
*sigh*
*sigh*
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1:43PM on 05/09/2017
if they jump right into the story without redoing the origin then i could be down for this. as much as i love perlman and del toro, i was not really interested in a story about hellboys kids
if they jump right into the story without redoing the origin then i could be down for this. as much as i love perlman and del toro, i was not really interested in a story about hellboys kids
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1:25PM on 05/09/2017
I don't get the overwhelming love for del Toro at all. Personally I think he's one of the most overrated directors working. He's not terrible, but I see his name tossed around in comments sections all the time as a dream director for a project and I just don't get it. I thought Pan's Labyrinth was pretty incredible, but other than that I haven't walked away that impressed with any of his films, the Hellboy series included. He's got a good eye and definitely a great sense of design, but the
I don't get the overwhelming love for del Toro at all. Personally I think he's one of the most overrated directors working. He's not terrible, but I see his name tossed around in comments sections all the time as a dream director for a project and I just don't get it. I thought Pan's Labyrinth was pretty incredible, but other than that I haven't walked away that impressed with any of his films, the Hellboy series included. He's got a good eye and definitely a great sense of design, but the stories he chooses to tell haven't grabbed me for a long time.

So I'm pretty indifferent about del Toro's trilogy, and if they're going to reboot it this sounds like a pretty good team to do it.
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7:51PM on 05/09/2017
Aksier, you've got some good common sense there, buddy. Pan's Labyrinth is pretty incredible and Hellboy 2 is better than any movie about a half devil and merman fighting elves and dealing with love sickness has any right to be, they left me hopeful that Del Toro would be one of the greats of his generation... and then after watching every other film he's ever directed I've realized that Pan's Labyrinth was either just a fluke or the guy is capable of greatness but totally willing to settle for
Aksier, you've got some good common sense there, buddy. Pan's Labyrinth is pretty incredible and Hellboy 2 is better than any movie about a half devil and merman fighting elves and dealing with love sickness has any right to be, they left me hopeful that Del Toro would be one of the greats of his generation... and then after watching every other film he's ever directed I've realized that Pan's Labyrinth was either just a fluke or the guy is capable of greatness but totally willing to settle for mediocrity -- Pacific Rim, Crimson Peak, Mimic, even Blade II these are all films that I'd rip apart if they were directed by anyone else and yet I try to find myself struggling to defend them since they were directed by Del Toro. His upcoming film "The Shape of Water" is the exact thing he should excel at, a period fantasy film where he was given cart blanche to do pretty much whatever the heck he wanted (but then again so was Crimson Peak) if it ends up mediocre as well I will officially write Del Toro off as a mediocre director you lucked into one great film.
10:34PM on 05/09/2017
Agreed, I'm excited about Shape of Water more than anything he's been rumored to direct because it seems like a return to what I enjoyed about him.
Agreed, I'm excited about Shape of Water more than anything he's been rumored to direct because it seems like a return to what I enjoyed about him.
12:52PM on 05/09/2017
I don't dislike David Harbour as an actor, but Ron Perlman IS Hellboy. Even if they're not going to make another movie (which, with modern technology they could totally use cgi and stuntmen to cover for whatever Perlman couldn't anymore), that voice, that facial structure, is Hellboy.
I don't dislike David Harbour as an actor, but Ron Perlman IS Hellboy. Even if they're not going to make another movie (which, with modern technology they could totally use cgi and stuntmen to cover for whatever Perlman couldn't anymore), that voice, that facial structure, is Hellboy.
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1:53PM on 05/09/2017
I agree one hundred percent.
I agree one hundred percent.
3:33PM on 05/09/2017
Exactly, you just can't help but hear Perlman's voice when you think of Hellboy!

That gravelly... Awwwww Craaap!
Exactly, you just can't help but hear Perlman's voice when you think of Hellboy!

That gravelly... Awwwww Craaap!
7:03PM on 05/09/2017
Think you'll find Ron Perlman is Ron Perlman
Think you'll find Ron Perlman is Ron Perlman
12:17PM on 05/09/2017
I don't mind the reboot, but I would have much, MUCH rather have had Del Toro and Perlman do one more film to close out the trilogy; especially after all of the past attempts they've tried to make over the years.
I don't mind the reboot, but I would have much, MUCH rather have had Del Toro and Perlman do one more film to close out the trilogy; especially after all of the past attempts they've tried to make over the years.
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12:14PM on 05/09/2017
I don't mind replacing Del Toro, but Perlman kind of owns this role for me and Harbor doesn't have half the charisma.
I don't mind replacing Del Toro, but Perlman kind of owns this role for me and Harbor doesn't have half the charisma.
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12:08PM on 05/09/2017

Reboots are a normalcy

The time has come for you all to stop bitching about "NO MORE REBOOTS". Get the fuck over it, when there is money involved everything is eventual. Many of these characters will still be on screen and in media long after we have all left this earth.
The time has come for you all to stop bitching about "NO MORE REBOOTS". Get the fuck over it, when there is money involved everything is eventual. Many of these characters will still be on screen and in media long after we have all left this earth.
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11:56AM on 05/09/2017
I'm torn on this. While I love the idea of finally getting another Hellboy movie, I think the only person that was born to play Hellboy is Ron Perlman. Seriously...he was born already looking like Hellboy!! Plus, he has been on the fan's side for years, trying to get another off the ground. I think they should keep him in the role, but I am completely fine with switching out Del Toro with Marshall. Del Toro has not delivered a total package film since the first Hellboy, in my opinion. The
I'm torn on this. While I love the idea of finally getting another Hellboy movie, I think the only person that was born to play Hellboy is Ron Perlman. Seriously...he was born already looking like Hellboy!! Plus, he has been on the fan's side for years, trying to get another off the ground. I think they should keep him in the role, but I am completely fine with switching out Del Toro with Marshall. Del Toro has not delivered a total package film since the first Hellboy, in my opinion. The second one was a pretty big disappointment. Marshall is a good fit for this, I think. Dog Soldiers showed that Marshall was a great director, and lover of practical effects, so hopefully he will shy away from too much cgi.
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12:27PM on 05/09/2017
The second Hellboy is superior to the first in almost every conceivable way.
The second Hellboy is superior to the first in almost every conceivable way.
12:56PM on 05/09/2017
I respectably disagree!
I respectably disagree!
11:44AM on 05/09/2017
What's better? Getting an R-rated Hellboy reboot from an awesome director, or never seeing another Hellboy movie again? Because unfortunately that's the option that Del Toro was leaving us with. Given that his Hellboy 3 was never going to become a reality, I'm all for this, and I think that the studio has gotten a good team to carry the franchise forward.
What's better? Getting an R-rated Hellboy reboot from an awesome director, or never seeing another Hellboy movie again? Because unfortunately that's the option that Del Toro was leaving us with. Given that his Hellboy 3 was never going to become a reality, I'm all for this, and I think that the studio has gotten a good team to carry the franchise forward.
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11:44AM on 05/09/2017
Given how the only game in town for mainstream horror/action left is that unblinking, drab "Mummy" remake and it's potential tie-ins/spin-offs, put the B.P.R.D. back on screen! How many hollow, unlikely, long-shot "maybe if..." random statements from Del Toro will pacify a cult audience, when a new generation can meet Mignola's universe for the first time, God willing through a competent team?
Given how the only game in town for mainstream horror/action left is that unblinking, drab "Mummy" remake and it's potential tie-ins/spin-offs, put the B.P.R.D. back on screen! How many hollow, unlikely, long-shot "maybe if..." random statements from Del Toro will pacify a cult audience, when a new generation can meet Mignola's universe for the first time, God willing through a competent team?
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11:41AM on 05/09/2017
What a fucking slap to Ron Pearlman's face and the fans. He has been trying to get a 3rd movie going for a long time and they denied him that and the fans a proper trilogy ending. Fucking stupid.
What a fucking slap to Ron Pearlman's face and the fans. He has been trying to get a 3rd movie going for a long time and they denied him that and the fans a proper trilogy ending. Fucking stupid.
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11:36AM on 05/09/2017
It was already good with a great cast. Reboot denied!!
It was already good with a great cast. Reboot denied!!
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11:18AM on 05/09/2017

Good

The Hellboy movies could have been so much better. If they'd done a third one with Perlman I'd just expect more of the same. Time for a fresh take.
The Hellboy movies could have been so much better. If they'd done a third one with Perlman I'd just expect more of the same. Time for a fresh take.
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11:00AM on 05/09/2017

PASS.

No! More! Reboots!

Least of all from the fraud director, Neil Marshall.
No! More! Reboots!

Least of all from the fraud director, Neil Marshall.
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2:45PM on 05/09/2017
fraud director?
Please elaborate...
fraud director?
Please elaborate...
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10:37AM on 05/09/2017

I'm behind this

Hellboy 2 is amazing, and the first one isn't bad, but Del Toro's not the only director who can make a solid Hellboy film. Similar to how I Nolan's batman films but am still anxious to see what Reeves can do the character, I'm likewise excited to be getting a new Hellboy film with a capable director, whether or not that director is Del Toro. This really seems right up Marshall's alley, and the fact that Mike Mignola (who created Hellboy) helped write the script should help dispel concerns any
Hellboy 2 is amazing, and the first one isn't bad, but Del Toro's not the only director who can make a solid Hellboy film. Similar to how I Nolan's batman films but am still anxious to see what Reeves can do the character, I'm likewise excited to be getting a new Hellboy film with a capable director, whether or not that director is Del Toro. This really seems right up Marshall's alley, and the fact that Mike Mignola (who created Hellboy) helped write the script should help dispel concerns any of the comics fans have.
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10:29AM on 05/09/2017

I know I'm in the minority here...

But I am actually 100% behind this. I'll miss Ron Perlman, but I will not miss Del Toro. His movies always feel boring... I'll probably catch some flack for this, but I think he is really great at ideas, production design, practical effects, etc. But when it comes to delivering an exciting final product, well there's a lot left to be desired. I don't think I've ever left one of his movies feeling satisfied, instead I walk out of the theater wondering what could have been. Again, Del Toro is a
But I am actually 100% behind this. I'll miss Ron Perlman, but I will not miss Del Toro. His movies always feel boring... I'll probably catch some flack for this, but I think he is really great at ideas, production design, practical effects, etc. But when it comes to delivering an exciting final product, well there's a lot left to be desired. I don't think I've ever left one of his movies feeling satisfied, instead I walk out of the theater wondering what could have been. Again, Del Toro is a great producer, but I am not a fan of his writing/directing. As far as Neil Marshall goes, an auteur he is not, but the horror elements will be cranked up to 10. And he's been working on some really great TV shows lately, so here's hoping he learned a thing or two
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11:47AM on 05/09/2017
I completely agree. I love Del Toro, but man, does he miss some great opportunities to make something amazing with all that production design he has to play with. I think the only film of his I was completely happy with was the first Hellboy. All his others had great concepts, but lackluster execution.
I completely agree. I love Del Toro, but man, does he miss some great opportunities to make something amazing with all that production design he has to play with. I think the only film of his I was completely happy with was the first Hellboy. All his others had great concepts, but lackluster execution.
11:53AM on 05/09/2017
Completely agree, and I share your tempered enthusiasm.
Completely agree, and I share your tempered enthusiasm.
10:27AM on 05/09/2017
Not saying the Del Toro movies were bad, but they practically paint themselves to a corner when they make Liz pregnant with little Hellboy babies. Yeah. Just like Shrek 3.
Not saying the Del Toro movies were bad, but they practically paint themselves to a corner when they make Liz pregnant with little Hellboy babies. Yeah. Just like Shrek 3.
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10:16AM on 05/09/2017

David Harbor sucks

I really, really don't like that guy.
I really, really don't like that guy.
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10:24AM on 05/09/2017
Let me guess: you are one of those butthurt guys who still has sour grapes with him because of that acceptance speech? How petty and sad.
Let me guess: you are one of those butthurt guys who still has sour grapes with him because of that acceptance speech? How petty and sad.
3:40PM on 05/09/2017
You're not alone. Harbour is a weasely creep just like 90% of the characters he portrays. There's a reason he gets those slume ball parts. And no Rickyfitts, FYI I hated Harbour long before he went full libtard, but using an awards speech to force the fans of the show that got him the award to listen to his looney, liberal, hateful, fantasy land dribble is what's petty and sad.
You're not alone. Harbour is a weasely creep just like 90% of the characters he portrays. There's a reason he gets those slume ball parts. And no Rickyfitts, FYI I hated Harbour long before he went full libtard, but using an awards speech to force the fans of the show that got him the award to listen to his looney, liberal, hateful, fantasy land dribble is what's petty and sad.
4:03PM on 05/09/2017
rickyfitts, no. As I have said on this site before, I ran into him in New York and he was a pompous asshole, prior to his speech. What's really petty and sad is you creating a fake account to talk big while avoiding confrontation, weenie.
rickyfitts, no. As I have said on this site before, I ran into him in New York and he was a pompous asshole, prior to his speech. What's really petty and sad is you creating a fake account to talk big while avoiding confrontation, weenie.
7:05PM on 05/09/2017
To be honest if you ran into me - I'd punch you in the face and tell you to watch where you're going
To be honest if you ran into me - I'd punch you in the face and tell you to watch where you're going
8:46PM on 05/09/2017
You wouldn't, because you're a loser behind a desktop. But even if you tried pulling that shit in the city, I or anyone else would send your ass to the hospital. Followed by jail.
You wouldn't, because you're a loser behind a desktop. But even if you tried pulling that shit in the city, I or anyone else would send your ass to the hospital. Followed by jail.
10:13AM on 05/09/2017
Well unfortunately there are just not enough fans out there to justify the budget for Hellboy 3 and Del Toro's last three films all underperformed domestically so he doesn't have the trust of the studios any more. So this not like getting a fresh start INSTEAD of Hellboy 3. It is this or nothing at all.
And with the comic writer involved, aiming for an R-rating and a director who has worked on some of the most visually stunning tv shows of the past couple of years (you forgot to mention the
Well unfortunately there are just not enough fans out there to justify the budget for Hellboy 3 and Del Toro's last three films all underperformed domestically so he doesn't have the trust of the studios any more. So this not like getting a fresh start INSTEAD of Hellboy 3. It is this or nothing at all.
And with the comic writer involved, aiming for an R-rating and a director who has worked on some of the most visually stunning tv shows of the past couple of years (you forgot to mention the exquisite Hannibal in the article) I am looking forward to this.
And yes, Ron Perlman was great as Hellboy but you never know how another actor might surprise you. 10 years ago I was convinced there can be no better Hannibal than Anthony Hopkins and no better Joker than Jack Nicholson. Since then Mads Mikkelsen and Heath Ledger showed me I was wrong. So I remind myself to keep an open mind about recasting iconic roles now.
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10:10AM on 05/09/2017

Nope

Del Toro and Perlman won fans over and had them campaigning and rooting for a third movie for almost a decade.

This is a terrible idea.
Del Toro and Perlman won fans over and had them campaigning and rooting for a third movie for almost a decade.

This is a terrible idea.
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10:09AM on 05/09/2017
How satisfying Del Toro's vision was. I cant say I'm at all interested in a reboot so soon.
How satisfying Del Toro's vision was. I cant say I'm at all interested in a reboot so soon.
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9:55AM on 05/09/2017

Boo

Ron Pearlman is Hellboy. I wont lie and say I wont watch it, because a rated R adaption sounds fun. But come on. Finish the trilogy. Make Hellboy 3. It's what fans want.
Ron Pearlman is Hellboy. I wont lie and say I wont watch it, because a rated R adaption sounds fun. But come on. Finish the trilogy. Make Hellboy 3. It's what fans want.
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