Hellboy creator Mike Mignola thanks screenwriter and director Guillermo del Toro for his efforts to get the film made on the 17th anniversary of its release.
Mike Mignola, creator of the iconic beast superhero known as Hellboy, thanked the writer and director of the 2004 film, Guillermo del Toro, for his efforts to get the film made. Today, Guillermo Del Toro’s name is more commonly associated with his Oscar winner. The Form of water, but this doesn’t override the comic book nerd inside of him, the nerd who fought for Mignola’s Hellboy, his own favorite superhero, to finally have his own movie.
The Hellboy story was developed by Del Toro and cinematographer Peter Briggs and based on Mignola’s graphic novel, Hellboy: Seed of Destruction published by Dark Horse Comics. The film follows Hellboy, with Ron Perlman in the title role, and his team at the Office of Paranormal Research and Defense battling supernatural threats, including Czech actor Ladislav Beran’s Kroenon. Along with Perlman and Beran, the film starred Selma Blair, Rupert Evans, Doug Jones, and John Hurt. Hellboy was first conceived by Mignola in 1993 and has since been featured in many stories across the media; but winning his own movie certainly wasn’t an easy fight.
Mignola took to Twitter to thank Del Toro “for fighting to do this”, adding that “It was not easy. “His tweet came on the 17th anniversary of the release of the first movie, even noting that there are people alive today who”I don’t even remember a time when there was no Hellboy movie“and adding”that’s crazy. “Check out Mignola’s full tweet, below:
So 17 years ago, the first HELLBOY movie.
There are people reading the comic who do not remember a time when the Hellboy movie did not exist. That’s crazy.
It was an incredible adventure.
Thanks to the greats @RealGDT for fighting to do this. It was not easy pic.twitter.com/OrXKISM9wA
– Mike Mignola (@artofmmignola) April 2, 2021
This is not the first time that the difficulty to obtain the first Hellboy a movie has appeared. Del Toro has previously stated that the film could have been made in 1998, but multiple factors led studios to continue to reject the project. These reasons included the title controversy, which led to difficulties once the film was released and some theaters were uncomfortable playing it, particularly at Easter. There was also dislike for the script and reservations regarding Perlman playing the role of Hellboy. However, Del Toro persevered and Hellboy received good reviews and did well at the box office.
Del Toro went ahead with his plan for a trilogy and released Hellboy II: The Golden Army in 2008, which also received an excellent response. But as time passed, the prospect of a Hellboy 3 it became increasingly unlikely. In 2017, Del Toro announced that a Hellboy 3 it wasn’t going to happen. TO Hellboy Since then, a remake has been made in 2019 with Strange things’ David Harbor in the title role, but this movie collapsed at the box office and was not as well received.
Del Toro played a larger role in the success of Hellboy and its sequel as a screenwriter and director, but his fight to get it made certainly demonstrated his passion for projects. As such, it is unfortunate Hellboy 3 never and apparently will never happen. Maybe yes Hellboy in fact, it was made in 1998 as Del Toro expected, prior to Matrix (1999), X Men (2000) and Spiderman (2002), he would have had enough time to complete his trilogy.
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Source: Mike Mignola / Twitter
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