We have been talking about the possibility of Hellboy 3 for what feels like forever, and while director Guillermo del Toro reminds us time and again that the film is unlikely to happen, star Ron Perlman keeps dropping hints that it will happen. Who to believe?
I’ll get to the latest Hellboy 3 update shortly, but first there is yet more bad news for del Toro fans as recently he announced that he will no longer be making the supernatural DC film, Justice League Dark.
It was back in November that del Toro announced that the script for Justice League Dark was complete, and he was waiting on a response from Warner Brothers. Turns out they liked it, a lot, and even said to del Toro that he could make it, and it appears that Warners had planned a 2017 release for the film, but this left del Toro in a slight predicament.
He explained to The Daily Beast:
“Warners liked the script, they were very enthusiastic and wanted to green-light it but they wanted it to coincide with the shoot of Pacific Rim 2. I was put in a very difficult place facing a difficult choice, and I chose to do Pacific Rim 2”
I think that is terribly bad planning on Warners part, and asking del Toro to chose between his passion project Pacific Rim 2 (which has so much riding on its shoulders, more of that shortly), and his childhood dream film, was cruel. Del Toro was always going to pick Pacific Rim 2 because it has a release date set, and as he announced at Comic-Con recently, pre-production begins in November. Del Toro didn’t really have a choice.
When he first announced he was working on a script for Justice League Dark, del Toro explained his reasons, with excitement:
”That roster, you’re talking about my childhood,” del Toro said a few years ago.. “Swamp Thing, for me, is a rock star. Demon, the Jack Kirby Demon, Etrigan, is amazing. And then you go to Constantine, who I thought was an amazing creation. I want to do the Constantine of the comics. Deadman… it’s really a lot of work but a lot of fun.”
He continued “I’d love to use the origins that are proper to each character. I love the idea of Jason Blood as a paladin and a knight…. I love the entire Constantine mythology, the Dead Man mythology, the Alex Holland Swamp Thing mythology. These are really rich things to well, and to dig.”
So the big question now is, will Warners still go ahead with Justice League Dark, using del Toro’s script? Watch this space…
Moving on to the subject of Hellboy 3, the most recent update was star Ron Perlman telling fans at Comic-Con he wants Hellboy 3 now. Perlman has been really teasing fans, especially this year, that Hellboy 3 is coming, and it is absolutely clear he wants the trilogy complete, like we all do.
Sadly though, for every Perlman promise, del Toro the voice of reason has reminded us all that it simply cannot get made, because no one will fund it. I don’t get it, Hellboy was made on a budget of $66 million, and grossed just shy of $100 million worldwide. Not a huge profit, but a profit all the same. Hellboy II was budgeted at a slightly larger $85 million, but increased profits by taking $160 million worldwide, a big improvement on the first film. So why then will no studio give del Toro what he needs, $120 million?
In the same interview with the Daily Beast, del Toro revealed the truth as to why Hellboy 3 will not be happening anytime soon, but he did offer up some hope for the future:
“The hard fact is that the movie’s going to need about $120 million and there’s nobody knocking down our doors to give it to us,” del Toro said at Comic-Con. “It’s a little beyond Kickstarter,” he laughed.
“It would be great to complete the trilogy,” he said, “But in a way I don’t see the world—the industry—supporting that idea.”
However, the director also revealed that Legendary have told him that if he makes Pacific Rim 2 a hit (and why wouldn’t it be), then they will gladly fund Hellboy 3. So as I said previously, there is a lot riding on Pacific Rim 2: not only does it need to perform in order for Pacific Rim 3 to be approved, but it now has the finale of the Hellboy trilogy resting on its shoulders too!
Del Toro revealed last year what he had planned for Hellboy 3:
“Well, you know, we don’t have that movie on the horizon, but the idea for it was to have Hellboy finally come to terms with the fact that his destiny, his inevitable destiny, is to become the beast of the Apocalypse, and having him and Liz face the sort of, that part of his nature, and he has to do it, in order to be able to ironically vanquish the foe that he has to face in the 3rd film,” he said. “He has to become the best of the Apocalypse to be able to defend humanity, but at the same time he becomes a much darker being. It’s a very interesting ending to the series, but I don’t think it will happen.”