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Will There Be A Hellboy Sequel?

The Hellboy franchise was reworked earlier this year, when Stranger Things star David Harbour donned heavy prosthetic horns and thick red makeup to portray the iconic Dark Horse Comics character in Neil Marshall's reboot movie. Sadly, refreshing the property wasn't for the better, and 2019's Hellboy crashed and burned, flopped at the box office, and became one of the biggest disasters of the year

It's for those reasons that Harbour believes a Hellboy 2 could never happen. 

Though the actor appreciates that some people loved the Hellboy reboot, when it comes to the question of whether there will be a Hellboy sequel, Harbor doesn't think "there'll be much of a light." He explained in a recent interview with ComicBook.com, "There's a lot of people who reach out to me who really loved it and really enjoyed the new take and were just happy to see him back on the screen, but I know in the culture at large, I don't think it was very well received."

Harbour also noted that the movie's financial failure, falling several million dollars short of its $50 million production budget and leaving studio Lionsgate to cut their losses on a film that didn't turn a profit, is a big reason why Hellboy 2 may be a pipe dream. Its critical performance only makes greenlighting a Hellboy sequel harder for Lionsgate. Reviewers made it clear that the Hellboy reboot in no way lived up to Guillermo del Toro's original duology, and other moviegoers found the flick a total waste of time and money. That considered, Harbour shared that he thinks Lionsgate wants to "move on" from the property after what happened with the reboot. 

"I don't think it made a lot of money. I don't really keep up with those things too much to be honest, but I don't think the perception was that it was a hit, and so in that way, I don't know that the risk is worth it. I think the idea is to move on," the actor said. "The producers spoke to me just saying, 'Great job.' They really liked what I did, but I haven't heard anything about a sequel, and I'm not hanging my hat on anything like that."

While Lionsgate hasn't commented one way or the other about the possibility of a Hellboy sequel, it sounds like it probably won't ever happen. This might change in the future, but for now, it's best to put any hopes for Hellboy 2 on hold.