Fans have been waiting patiently for another Hellboy sequel and today we got a little hope thanks to Ron Perlman. The series' star took to Twitter to rally fans:
"Anybody out there wanna see #HellboyIII as much as I do? Let's get this mutha[frick]a trending, y'all! Let's end the trilogy; we earned it!"
Doug Jones who's worked on many Guillermo del Toro projects, including: "Hellboy" as Abe Sapien, "Pan's Labyrinth" as Pale Man and Fauno, "The Strain" as The Master, and del Toro's upcoming "Crimson Peak", has responded to Perlman's tweet:
“@actordougjones: @perlmutations Locking elbows with you, Big Brother Red!! #HellboyIII” With you alongside how can we miss!"
Ron Perlman was previously a source of hope for another sequel when he showed up in costume as Hellboy for a child in the hospital. While there's nothing official about an actor expressing his desire to get a project off the ground, it's not everyday fans get equal support from the star.
Problem with the project was explained last year by Guillermo del Toro to be the disinterest from the studio. He adds "I don't think it will happen".
Here is his full statement:
"Well, you know, we don’t have that movie on the horizon, but the idea for it was to have Hellboy finally come to terms with the fact that his destiny, his inevitable destiny, is to become the beast of the Apocalypse, and having him and Liz face the sort of, that part of his nature, 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. He has to become the best 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."
"It is a question that I myself ask of the world many times, but we have gone through basically every studio and asked for financing, and they are not interested. I think that the first movie made its budget back, and a little bit of profit, but then it was very very big on video and DVD. The story repeated itself with the second already, it made its money back at the box office, but a small margin of profit in the release of the theatrical print, but was very very big on DVD and video. Sadly now from a business point of view all the studios know is that you don’t have that safety net of the DVD and video, so they view the project as dangerous."
"Creatively, I would love to make it. Creatively. But it is proven almost impossible to finance. Not from MY side, but from the studio side. If I was a multimillionaire, I would finance it myself, but I spend all my money on rubber monsters."
Guillermo del Toro has become a favorite director of creature films. After his successful adaptation of "Hellboy", he went on to create "Pan's Labyrinth" which had a whole new set of interesting creatures. We saw more creatures in "Pacific Rim" and his new show "The Strain".
All that's keeping this from happening is a budget. Problem is the previous films likely grossed close to what del Toro would be making the film for.