Guillermo del Toro took to Reddit two days ago for a little question and answer session with fans of all his crazy works. This outing included another round of “When is Hellboy 3 coming out?” For del Toro to have revealed plot details (below), let’s just say things aren’t looking too hopeful. What’s standing in the way of this film’s future? Read on through to find out.
Who else besides the fans even wants a new Hellboy? Star Ron Perlman for one:
“He [Guillermo Del Toro] never gave me the nuts and bolts of it, but he gave me a rather broad strokes sketch of what the third film would look like and it’s so epic and so deserved by the fans that hung in there for the first two that I really feel as though it’s essential that we make it. So I fight for it every day. Sometimes I’m the only voice and sometimes there are others, but I’m never going to stop trying to get Hellboy 3 made!” – HeyUGuys
Hellboy 3 isn’t in the cards because of money and ownership. It takes millions of dollars to make a movie and nobody wants to fund a new Hellboy because the series doesn’t make any money. The movies did pretty well in the DVD market, but with that drying up, studios are too scared to take risks anymore. But it’s not just Perlman who wants the movie to get made, del Toro is also behind it, having already outlined a general piece of the story:
“The idea for it was to have Hellboy finally come to terms with the fact that his destiny … is to become the beast of the Apocalypse … 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,” del Toro told his fans. “He has to become the beast 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.”
Money really is a big deal in this equation. del Toro says he can’t sell this thing anywhere, but is that all that’s keeping the project submerged? Hopes of finding a home at Legendary Pictures, the producer of del Toro’s hit Pacific Rim, were dashed by the CEO Thomas Tull himself:
“Seeing how we don’t own the rights to ‘Hellboy,’ there may be lawyers that would get upset about that…But you know, in Guillermo’s world, maybe he can make that go away. I don’t know. [Laughs]” – i09
It doesn’t sound good on paper, but Hollywood is all fairy dust and we all know that anything can happen there. I don’t think we need a new Hellboy movie because Ron Perlman’s not getting any younger and del Toro really has his hands full these days. He’s working on a Pacific Rim sequel, he’s polishing off his new thriller Crimson Peak, and his new vampire TV series The Strain debuted last night on FX. He’s got more than enough on his plate right now. In the meantime, tide yourselves over with this…