Everyone's favorite giant red anti-hero might get a third outing, but only with the help of his loyal fans.
Hellboy himself, Ron Perlman, issued this rallying cry via Twitter earlier this morning:
Fans are responding in droves. The hashtag #HellboyIII is still going strong, as more and more devotees of this beloved cult franchise get behind the drive to let big Red finish what he started. Doug Jones - who played Abe Sapien in the previous Hellboy films, and recently appeared as Deathbolt in The Flash and Arrow TV series - has also tweeted his support for this grassroots movement. Selma Blair - who brought Liz Sherman to life in the movies - has yet to weigh in on the campaign.
The power of social media campaigns like this can't be underestimated. Ryan Reynolds constantly attributes the solo Deadpool film, expected to hit screens in 2016, to the tireless campaigning of fans. In his own words, devoted fans of the Merc with a Mouth put "Fox in a hammerlock death-grip." If we can prove there's enough support out there for a project, it might just get made.
The director behind the previous two Hellboy films, Guillermo del Toro (the genius behind Pan's Labyrinth and the new critically-acclaimed Crimson Peak) is also keen to finish what he started. His conditions? A budget over $100 million, so he can show Hellboy fulfilling his destiny as "the beast of the Apocalypse," to send the franchise out in style.
To put that in perspective, it's less than half the budget for Avengers: Age of Ultron. But when you consider that Hellboy II: The Golden Army only grossed $160 million, and AoU has raked in over $1.32 billion at the box office so far, we begin to see why studios have stalled on bringing the dramatic climax of Hellboy's adventures to our screens. Let's face it, Dark Horse Comics is a relatively unknown name compared to the likes of DC and Marvel, particularly in the comics-to-movies space. Without the backing of a huge and lucrative brand, convincing execs to greenlight such an ambitious action project isn't the easiest task.
But if we mobilize and get behind the Twitter campaign, there just might be a chance that the decision makers sit up and take notice. If you want Hellboy III to become a reality, get tweeting guys. #HellboyIII.