UPDATE: Hellboy star Ron Perlman is mourning the end of the franchise he fronted after director Guillermo del Toro announced earlier Tuesday that a third installment will not be made.
“In loving memory of the #Hellboy franchise officially biting the dust, I will take the rest of the day off Twitter,” Perlman wrote on the social media platform. Perlman donned prosthetics and red body paint for 2004’s Hellboy and 2008’s sequel, Hellboy II: The Golden Army. Prior to Del Toro’s announcement on Tuesday, talks of a third movie had been swirling for nearly a decade.
EARLIER: Sorry, Hellboy fans, but we can officially put a longstanding issue to rest: director Guillermo del Toro confirmed that Hellboy 3 definitely won’t happen.
After years of “will they, won’t they?” updates from the cast and filmmaker, Del Toro went on Twitter to relay the sobering news. “Hellboy 3 Sorry to report,” he wrote on Tuesday morning. “Spoke w all parties. Must report that 100% the sequel will not happen. And that is to be the final thing about it.”
Earlier this year, Del Toro did a flash poll on social media to gauge interest, which was still very much alive. He then promised a sit down with star Ron Perlman and Hellboy‘s gatekeeper Mike Mignola about the realities of such an endeavor. Unfortunately, it’s not the reality many hoped for.
Perlman starred in red body paint and prosthetics alongside Doug Jones and Selma Blair for Hellboy, released in 2004 with a retelling of the comic book demon who hopped dimensions and became a supernatural superhero. The trio reunited for Hellboy II: The Golden Army in 2008, and there’s been talk of another sequel ever since. Pretty much everyone involved expressed ambivalence over the project’s future, but Del Toro somehow managed to keep a spark of hope simmering.