Some years before the likes of Iron Man or Captain America, Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy impressed audiences and critics alike. The movie, adapted from Dark Horse Comics, starred Ron Perlman as a demonic beast who protects the world from ghastly baddies.
A Critical And Commercial Success
Released in 2004, the film was well regarded by critics and grossed an impressive $99 million from its $66 million budget. The success resulted in a sequel, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, released in 2008, which even usurped the original, both commercially (grossing $160 million from a budget of $80 million) and critically.
Considering the quality of the two films, and the perfect fit of Perlman in the lead role, fans have wondered whether we'd ever see Hellboy 3. Unfortunately, it looks like the answer is no, according to Perlman himself.
In an interview with Variety, the 65-year-old actor, who was personally advocating a third addition to the series, admitted that is now unlikely:
“[The film] probably will never happen, though you never say never never.”
A 'Dangerous' Project
The news is disappointing, as in today's climate of superhero success (just look at Deadpool completely demolishing the box office) it does feel as if a third installation would be a success, especially considering that del Toro and Perlman would be on board with the project.
However, Perlman's admission isn't a huge surprise, as doubt over whether the film would ever get a green-light were raised by del Toro in a Reddit AMA back in 2014. In the discussion, he claimed that studios were afraid of taking on the project:
"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.
"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."
Perhaps now any chance of seeing Hellboy return is completely dead in the water, but you can't help but feel perhaps studios are missing a trick.