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David Harbour is a charming guy, a good actor, and a genuinely beloved figure. So it pains me to see him talkin’ crazy about his failed Hellboy reboot. According to Harbour, the film’s failure was primarily due to fans of the Guillermo del Toro movies who were angry about a reboot. And while it’s certainly true that fans of the del Toro movies were unhappy the Oscar-winning filmmaker wasn’t allowed to complete his trilogy, that’s certainly not the reason the Hellboy reboot failed.
Pretty much no one liked the Hellboy reboot. And while David Harbour did his best, and wasn’t half-bad as the demon superhero, it wasn’t enough to salvage the film. There were also reports of behind-the-scenes problems involving the script, and that certainly played a part in the failure. But according to Harbour, the real culprit here are the fans of Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy movies.
On Instagram via Screen Rant, Harbour opened up about the film’s failure, saying:
“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.”
To be fair to Harbour, fans of the del Toro/Ron Perlman movies were pretty ticked-off at the idea of a reboot. But the failure of the new Hellboy can’t be blamed on them. Instead, it boils down to the simple fact that the movie just didn’t look very good, and received dreadful reviews. Plus, it wasn’t like del Toro’s movies were huge box office blockbusters.
The 2004 Hellboy earned $99 million worldwide against a production budget of $66 million, and Hellboy 2: The Golden Army drew in $160 million against a $85 million budget. Those are good numbers, but they’re not exactly grand slams. The truth is that while Hellboy has a strong cult following as a comic book character, it’s not exactly the most beloved property for mainstream audiences. Couple that with poor trailers and even poorer reviews, and it’s easy to understand why the Hellboy reboot failed.
Guillermo del Toro’s “Nightmare Alley” is suspending production indefinitely amid the coronavirus pandemic. The decision was made on behalf of Disney, which is putting a hold on nearly all of its live-action productions at the moment, including 20th Century and Searchlight projects via Deadline. Additional projects going on hold include Ridley Scott’s “The Last Duel,” starring Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, Rob Marshall’s live-action “The Little Mermaid” remake, “Peter Pan & Wendy,” “Home Alone,” and the Josh Gad-starring “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” sequel “Shrunk.” Earlier this week, Disney put a hold on the production of MCU tentpole “Shang-Chi” after direct Destin Daniel Cretton went into isolation while waiting for coronavirus results.
A Disney spokesperson confirmed the production suspensions in a statement that reads: “While there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on our productions, after considering the current environment and the best interests of our cast and crew, we have made the decision to pause production on some of our live-action films for a short time. We will continue to assess the situation and restart as soon as feasible.”
Del Toro’s “Nightmare Alley” is adapted by the filmmaker and film critic Kim Morgan from the 1946 William Lindsay Gresham novel of the same name. The project is Del Toro’s first since “The Shape of Water,” which took home top Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director. The ensemble cast includes Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, Richard Jenkins, Ron Perlman, Rooney Mara, and David Strathairn. Del Toro kicked off production at the end of January and had been shooting the film in Toronto.
“Nightmare Alley” casts Cooper as an ambitious carnival worker with a talent for manipulating people with his words. Cooper’s character uses his gift to carry out con jobs, but his life is thrown into disarray after he falls for a mysterious psychiatrist Blanchett who proves far more dangerous than he could ever image. The carnival cast includes carnival worker Molly Mara, head barker Clem Willem Dafoe, and del Toro’s “Hellboy” actor Perlman as Bruno the Strongman. Jenkins, an Oscar nominee for “Shape of Water,” stars in the part of the high society crowd as wealthy industrialist Ezra Grindle.”
Disney and Searchlight never assigned a release date for “Nightmare Alley,” but many were hoping the movie would turn up on the fall festival circuit and be ready for the upcoming awards season. Those release wishes are now in jeopardy now that production is on hold indefinitely.
A shameful piece of Atlanta’s history is now the subject of two major television series. Sometimes known crudely as the Atlanta child murders, the story follows the murders of at least 30 African American teenagers that decimated Atlanta during the ’70s and ’80s. The semi-unsolved case was the subject of David Fincher’s “Mindunter” Season 2, which offered little in the way of answers but brought renewed attention to the horrific events. In spring 2019, the city of Atlanta announced it was re-opening the case.
HBO will explore the tragedy and the new investigation in a five-part documentary series, “Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children,” which just released its first official trailer.
The official synopsis reads: “‘Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children’ offers a never-before-seen look at the abduction and murder of at least 30 African American children and young adults that occurred over a two-year period in Atlanta in the late-'70s and early-'80s, from the initial disappearance and discovery of two murdered teenage boys and the fear that gripped the city, to the prosecution and indictment of 23-year-old Atlanta native Wayne Williams and the rush to officially shut down the case. With unprecedented access and a treasure trove of archival material, this timely documentary series brings new evidence to light as the cases are reopened, providing a powerful window into one of America's darkest chapters.”
The series was directed and produced by the Emmy winning documentary studo Show of Force “Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present”, and counts Jay-Z’s Roc Nation and John Legend as producers.
As shown in “Mindhunter,” authorities arrested and convicted former club promoter Wayne Williams in 1981 for the murders of the adults after fibers from his home and car were found on the bodies. Police suspected Williams was also responsible for the child murders, but there was no evidence.
In 2019, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Atlanta police chief Erika Shields announced that they would be retesting evidence from the child murder case, noting that DNA testing has advanced monumentally since 1981.
“[We hope] to let them know that we have done all that we can do ... to make sure their memories are not forgotten ... and in the truest sense of the word to let the world know that black lives do matter,” Bottoms said.
The series will drop on HBO on April 5. Check out the trailer for “Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children” below.