For the longest time, fans held out hope that Guillermo del Toro's long-gestating third Hellboy film may finally move forward into production.
By the time that 2008's splendid Hellboy II: The Golden Army had come to a close, Big Red had the responsibility of parenthood on the horizon, in addition to the hero putting himself out of the shadows and into the public spotlight.
A year after the second GDT-helmed Hellboy offering, tentative development began on a third movie with the working title of Hellboy III: Dark Worlds. Not only was del Toro back in the director's chair, but the core cast of Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones, and Jeffrey Tambor were all eager to reprise their roles from the previous two outings.
With the potential to show the Hellboy character dealing with parenthood and attempting to live somewhat of a normal life, that was something hugely intriguing. Sadly, this threequel was doomed to spend years in development hell before being officially scrapped by Universal Pictures in 2017.
Instead of the long wanted return of Perlman as Hellboy, we'd all get landed with a David Harbour fronted stinker of a reboot last year - a reboot that reeked of 'too many cooks in the kitchen' and tanked so spectacularly that any follow-up picture now seems completely off the table.