Hellboy has been a bit of an unfortunate franchise, as while everyone who’s seen the two Guillermo Del Toro movies seems to have liked them, they didn’t make much money. Indeed, between the first and second movie it moved from Sony Pictures to Universal, as the former didn’t want to pay for a follow-up, having barely broken even on the first.
Since Hellboy II there’s been talk of a third film, but generally it’s been with more hope than with any sense it might actually happen. However now there’s a glimmer that it might actually happen, as Del Toro and star Ron Perlman have been talking about the possibility of Hellboy III.
Del Toro told ShockTilYouDrop, “I hate giving pieces away about it, but last night, we were at dinner and Ron said, ‘I would be happy to do Hellboy again, when are we doing Hellboy 3?’ Thomas [Tull, Legendary Pictures’ Founder and CEO] said, ‘I would love to see Hellboy 3.’ He didn’t say he would love to do it; he just said he’d like to see it, but today, I’ll ask him.”
It’s certainly more hopeful that when Del Toro last talked about the possibility of a franchise, when he said the idea was pretty much dead, partly because Ron Perlman had suggested he didn’t want to do it because of the heavy and uncomfortable prosthetics work involved.
However Perlman seems to have had a change of heart, saying, “I loved working for Legendary, and I know for Guillermo, working on Pacific Rim was one of his greatest experiences. The reason I loved working for them is because Guillermo was so happy. I came in six months into the shoot and he seemed as fresh as a daisy, simply because he was working for someone who appreciated and supported his outlandish visions of what he wanted to put on the screen. My immediate, silent wish was, wouldn’t it be great if these guys came in and helped resolve the Hellboy series.”
However can Legendary, the company behind the likes of Pacific Rim, Man Of Steel and the Dark Knight movies, actually get it off the ground? Legendary’s Tull later responded by saying, “There are rights issues that would need to be sorted out for Legendary to get involved.” It certainly sounds like he’s interested, even if he doesn’t want to say anything that sounds like a commitment.
Don’t get too excited yet, but it does appear the idea of Hellboy III is more likely than it has been for several years.