It's hard to mentally move on to the new Hellboy reboot without thinking about the earlier two films that Guillermo del Toro brought into the world. While we're approaching Neil Marshall's new take on the mythology with fresh eyes and open hearts, we've been curious about what del Toro would have to say about this brand new project. Well, we now have his thoughts, and as you'll see in the blurb below, they're pretty definitive:
I don't own Hellboy, Mike [Mignola] does. So, you know, he is the father of the character and if he wants to reboot it, it's perfectly fine. I got to make two -- that's two more than I thought I would get to make... So you know, as far as I'm concerned godspeed and god bless.
Some folks might be surprised, considering how much del Toro and collaborator Ron Perlman put into trying to talk up the possibility and/or lack thereof for Hellboy III to finally get off the ground. Admittedly, it's never been easy for someone to see something they've worked on get handed off to someone new. But while Guillermo del Toro is, indeed, probably intensely bummed out that he never got to make the final entry to cap his trilogy of Hellboy adventures, he knows the score, and has nothing but love for those involved.
Those who truly understand the man who also brought us Pan's Labyrinth are probably nodding their heads in agreement, as this pretty much aligns with the sort of personal philosophy that Guillermo del Toro has when it comes to life, as well as his work. In fact, the report that The Hollywood Reporter filed about del Toro's presence at the Annecy Animation Festival pretty much sums up how the genre legend approaches his career: with an eye on the future, and the gratitude of a man who knows how lucky he is.
Hellboy's future is still an open road, as director Neil Marshall and actor David Harbour are about to take the franchise wherever this new direction plans to go. Still, even though there's enthusiasm for this new take, and everyone seems OK, there's a part of me that will always want to be able to peek into the film that would have been Hellboy III. Regardless, considering Guillermo del Toro has now given this new film his blessing, it does make moving on that much easier.