While Guillermo Del Toro is sometimes better known for all the big projects he’s at one time been associated with that didn’t come to fruition, it’s not hyperbole to say that the man’s overall body of completed directorial work is pretty damn great. He’s also written and produced some kickass stuff as well.
My personal favorite of Del Toro’s films is Pan’s Labyrinth, arguably the greatest dark fantasy tale in many decades. I’m also quite partial to Blade II, considering it better than the original. One of Del Toro’s biggest successes though has got to be 2004’s Hellboy, one of the most uniquely fun comic adaptations to date.
So popular was Hellboy that Del Toro reunited with star Ron Perlman for 2008’s Hellboy II: The Golden Army, a sequel some would way bests the first installment. Unfortunately, despite both Del Toro and Perlman really wanting to do it, Hellboy III never managed to escape from development hell.
Awhile back, Hellboy creator Mike Mignola announced that Big Red would be getting a movie reboot, starring Stranger Things sheriff David Harbour as the titular character. This had been slightly preceded by Del Toro announcing that his Hellboy III was 100% dead.
With that in mind, one might think that Del Toro would harbor some ill will over Hellboy’s cinematic future getting taken away from him, but that assumption would be quite wrong. In a recent chat with THR, Del Toro was asked for his feelings concerning the reboot, and wished the production nothing but the best.
“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.”
While the reboot obviously would have moved forward no matter what Del Toro thought, it’s nice to see that he continues to live up to his general reputation as one of the most gracious filmmakers in Hollywood. It’s still sad that he and Perlman won’t get to do another Hellboy together, but such is life, and Del Toro has apparently moved on to his next challenge.