David Harbour, who starred in the failed Hellboy reboot, thinks that fans of the original films rejected the remake before it came out.
Hollywood loves its remakes and reboots but sometimes they don’t work out at all. This was the case with David Harbour’s Hellboy, which tried to reimagine things after Guillermo del Toro’s popular previous efforts.
The film was a dud both commercially and critically and Harbour thinks that fans of the Del Toro’s films didn’t give the film much of a chance. Speaking on his Instagram, Harbour said:
“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 way.”
It sounds like Harbour’s experience with Hellboy will be a defining moment in his career and perhaps a catalyst that leads him to stay away from reboots of other popular franchises.
Hellboy is back, and he’s on fire. From the pages of Mike Mignola’s seminal work, this action-packed story sees the legendary half-demon superhero (David Harbour, “Stranger Things”) called to the English countryside to battle a trio of rampaging giants. There he discovers The Blood Queen, Nimue (Milla Jovovich, Resident Evil series), a resurrected ancient sorceress thirsting to avenge a past betrayal. Suddenly caught in a clash between the supernatural and the human, Hellboy is now hell-bent on stopping Nimue without triggering the end of the world.
Hellboy is directed by Neil Marshall (Game of Thrones) and Stranger Things star David Harbour in the lead role alongside Ian McShane (American Gods) as Professor Bruttenholm, Sasha Lane (American Honey) as Alice Monaghan, Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil) as the Queen of Blood, Daniel Dae Kim (Hawaii Five-O) as Major Ben Daimio and Penelope Mitchell (The Vampire Diaries) as Ganeida.