For years, filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has been trying to get a third Hellboy movie off the ground. The two films he directed featuring Ron Perlman in the titular role were modestly successful at the box office but have since amassed a cult following of fans desperate to see del Toro complete this as a trilogy.
Another Hellboy movie is on the way, but it won’t be a continuation of the two del Toro films, but rather a reboot. Neil Marshall (Game of Thrones and The Descent) is directing the film and Stranger Things star David Harbour will play the titular hero.
Many fans were initially disappointed that del Toro and Perlman were not returning to complete their story. That’s understandable, especially since those two films are some of the most underrated and inventive comic book films in recent memory.
But if you were to ask del Toro about his thoughts on the upcoming reboot, he seems interested to see where this new version of the character is taken. Del Toro told THR about his thoughts on the new project:
“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 god speed and god bless.”
It is nice to see that he is giving this new reboot his blessing. As nice as it would have been to see his Hellboy III, let’s hope that Marshall and Harbour will create something special with this one.
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Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen will hit theaters in 2018.
Book-To-Film Adaptations That Succeeded (And 15 That…
As tomorrow’s big Netflix release, the second go-around at adapting A Series of Unfortunate Events, proves, adaptations of beloved source material are not easy to make.
Books and film, like all arts, have a special relationship. The turn of the century saw a massive increase in adaptations of epic fantasy and science-fiction, particularly for the coveted youth market, thanks mostly to two big franchises – Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings. Both legitimized fantasy as big-budget spectacle and prestige entertainment, when done with care. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and the years since are littered with attempts at replicating the magic of those films, including the original Unfortunate Events movie, which is first up on our list (as an ambitious-but-flawed failure).
Now, in the age of Peak TV, adapting these massive sagas are possible on television too. The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones both kicked open doors to imitators in the same ways Potter and Rings did, in terms of scope and budget. Shows like MTV’s Shannara and Hulu’s upcoming The Handmaid’s Tale, both based on famous books, draw directly from this trend. It’s also given second life to properties that didn’t work as features, such as Unfortunate Events.
For this article, I focused on the biggest in YA and children’s literature, in honor of Unfortunate Events return to screens (I’ll be recapping a “book” aka two episodes a day starting tomorrow morning!), while focusing on the criteria to rank them by. When it comes to judging these stories – some classics, some decidedly not – I kept in mind whether the films a) received a sequel b) made money at the box-office and c) were critically acclaimed.
- Honorary success mentions: Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, Stardust, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
- Honorary failure mentions: Bridge to Terabithia, Charlotte’s Web, The Host
Click Next to scroll through all the failures and successes.