At this point, Hellboy 3 has been nothing but smoke. Director Guillermo del Toro is interested, stars Ron Perlman and Doug Jones are interested; but without an interested studio ready to take on the significant financial backing – Del Toro estimated the film would cost something like $140 million! – Hellboy 3 simply ain’t gonna happen. Enter Legendary Pictures.
Recently split from Warner Bros., the company is keen too keep a healthy relationship with Del Toro, who only just finished up Pacific Rim for Legendary. While promoting Pacific Rim on a press tour, Del Toro had dinner with Ron Perlman and Thomas Tull of Legendary Pictures. And as Del Toro revealed to Ryan Turek of Shock Till You Drop, the possibility of Hellboy 3 was discussed,
I hate giving pieces about it, but last night, we were at dinner and Ron said, ‘I would be very happy to do Hellboy again, when are we doing Hellboy 3?’ Thomas [Tull] 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.
Someone’s clearly testing the waters. Perlman later added when he spoke with Shock this morning,
Not just anybody can make this movie. 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.
Hmm. Is Legenday Pictures fishing for another summer tentpole film with Hellboy 3? They’re obviously pleased with Del Toro’s Pacific Rim, and if that flick scores as big at the box office as expected, Tull, Del Toro, and Perlman may be having more dinner meetings to discuss the future of the big, red guy.
Would you love for the Hellboy film franchise to get the trilogy treatment? Could be the beginning of Hellboy 3?