Mike Mignola says there are no plans for a Hellboy Netflix series. The franchise, which started in 1993 with Mignola’s comic series, recently received the reboot treatment on the big screen, where it was a fantastic failure financially and critically. Mignola was originally on board as a writer on the reboot, but when the movie hit theaters, his name wasn’t there, with sole writing credit going to Andrew Cosby. It’s only been a few months since the Hellboy reboot came and went and fans are already talking about those Netflix rumors again.
When asked directly on Twitter about a possible Netflix Hellboy series, Mike Mignola took some time to respond. “As far as we know this is not true…” said Mignola. There have been some reports going around declaring Netflix is developing a “proper” reboot of the franchise, but it looks like that is false, at least for now. It does seem a bit soon to be talking about another reboot since the big screen version is still technically in theaters. Plus, Milla Jovovich is predicting it will be a cult classic in the years to come.
Guillermo del Toro famously brought Hellboy to the big screen in 2004 and 2008 with Ron Perlman as the lead. While these adaptations weren’t exactly faithful to the comic book source material, they are beloved by fans who were hoping a third movie was going to happen. Del Toro and Perlman tried to get the third installment going, but the studio didn’t want to have anything to do with it. Fans were left waiting for nearly a decade, only to hear that a total reboot was in the works.
The Hellboy reboot came along, promising to be a grittier take when compared to Guillermo del Toro’s vision with a more accurate approach to the source material. Mike Mignola was originally on board to pen the screenplay and some fans started to shift their line of thinking. However, the project was allegedly cursed behind-the-scenes with drama between the cast and crew, which may or may not have had something to do with the reason why Mignola’s name was removed from the writing credits. The creator might not have wanted his name attached after everything was complete.
It’s only a matter of time before the Hellboy franchise gets another revisit. However, the Netflix series is not in development at this time. Mike Mignola would know about this sort of thing, so we’re going to take his word. Who knows, maybe the studio will go back and ask Ron Perlman and Guillermo del Toro to return to finally finish their trilogy. It would certainly have a better reception than the latest reboot did. For now, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens with the franchise. You can check out Mike Mignola’s Twitter account for his thoughts on a Netflix series.
As far as we know this is not true…
— Mike Mignola (@artofmmignola) May 25, 2019