Both of Guillermo Del Toro’s Hellboy pictures did mediocre box office in cinemas but were big successes on DVD. I’m a big fan of both films myself and would love to see a third movie. Star Ron Perlman has spent much of the last six months rallying fans to demand it, even taking to Instagram to hint at potential forward momentum on the project, and even speaking on the matter during a TCA panel that had nothing to do with Hellboy:
“Let me make the record clear. I don’t want to do Hellboy 3. It’s a pain in the ass to put that makeup on and take it off. But I feel we’re obligated to finish the story. That’s it. End of conversation.”
He even said what the new film could be about:
“Guillermo told me what the resolve of the trilogy would look like, in broad strokes, and it’s such an amazingly theatrical, cinematic idea, that I found it essential that we do it. We were designed to be a trilogy, with a beginning, a middle and an end. We’ve only done two-thirds, so I feel that we’re not really done until we finish it …. Holy sh*t, he’s the beast of the Apocalypse. He has to take down civilization. He has to. It’s non-negotiable. That’s the foundation for the story, and that’s why I think it would be a shame if we don’t do it”.
Del Toro, for his part, said several times that it was doubtful the movie could happen, but promised to look at the idea after doing Pacific Rim 2, which of course he isn’t making now either. Now, in a Varierty article about Pottersville, the first film financed by Perlman’s Wing and a Prayer film fund, Perlman says that another Hellboy film:
“Probably will never happen, though you never say never never”.
I guess that funding for a film which will need a big budget is the issue. It’s a great shame, though both Perlman and Del Toro are probably too busy with multiple projects to have time to shed any tears.