Good news: Hellboy's getting a reboot. Bad news: Perlman and Del Toro aren't involved (but have signed off)

Hollywood giveth and Hollywood taketh away. There have been rumblings of a Hellboy return for some time but, like a cursed monkey paw wish, it might not be exactly what you’d hoped for. Yes, the cigar-smoking demon is coming back but Ron Perlman and Guillermo Del Toro won’t be returning – it’s a full-on reboot.

Entertainment Weekly has revealed that Stranger Things’ Detective Hopper – David Harbour – is in talks to play the Nazi-hating demon spawn, and the actor confirmed as much on Twitter. Less than cryptic tweets are all the rage these days, it seems.

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But, of course, fans were clamouring for a third Hellboy movie with Del Toro and Perlman, to finish off the trilogy but no dice, so says the Hollywood higher-ups. Both GDT and Perlman took to Twitter in response to the news, Perlman to thank the fans and Del Toro to, uhh, declare his love for the Hellboy actor. That just makes me even sadder that the pair won’t be working together.

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Bradley Russell

I'm the Senior Entertainment Writer here at GamesRadar+, focusing on news, features, and interviews with some of the biggest names in film and TV. On-site, you'll find me marveling at Marvel and providing analysis and room temperature takes on the newest films, Star Wars and, of course, anime. Outside of GR, I love getting lost in a good 100-hour JRPG, Warzone, and kicking back on the (virtual) field with Football Manager. My work has also been featured in OPM, FourFourTwo, and Game Revolution.