Excitement surrounding the announcement of Hellboy’s 2019 reboot somehow got lost in translation, as the flick failed to produce success at the box office. While the reboot cost a mere $50 million to create, it wound up bringing in a disappointing $44 million worldwide – putting an end to any hope fans had surrounding future sequels. Not only did the film completely bomb at the box office, but critics tore the movie to pieces, calling out its poor character development and nonsensical plotline.
In David Harbour’s eyes, the reboot’s failure can be attributed to the massive love for Guillermo Del Toro’s 2004 and 2008 adaptations of Hellboy. Harbour recently opened up about the movie in a recent Instagram Live, stating:
“I think it failed before we began shooting because I think that people didn’t want us to make the movie and for some reason there was like a big… Guillermo del Toro and Ron Perlman created this iconic thing that we thought could be reinvented and then they certainly – the loudness of the internet was like, “We do not want you to touch this.” And then we made a movie that I think is fun and I think had its problems but was a fun movie and then people were just very very against it and that’s people’s right but I learned my lesson in a lot of different ways.”
To Harbour’s point, many fans were loyal to the original films and simply felt dispassionate about a new interpretation of the movie. That’s not to say there weren’t other fans who were pumped to see a new take on the beloved classic. As we’ve seen with other movies, however, fans can be incredibly protective and outspoken when it comes to films or TV shows they love.
Because of this, Harbour and the entire crew who worked on the 2019 Hellboy film were basically doomed from the start. Though, it’s important to point out that just because studios have the capacity to reboot certain films, doesn’t mean they should. Some movies are better left alone.
The good news is Harbour is busy with a number of other projects, including the fourth season of Stranger Things and the new Black Widow movie. While both are currently delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, if we can all come together, follow safe practices, and adhere to government-issued guidelines, we’ll be able to fight this crisis quicker – and save more lives.
Hellboy is now available on Digital HD, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD.
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