Hellboy is a franchise in the comic-book genre that is discussed in passing with positive reaction, but it doesn’t seem to garner the constant attention like a Captain America or Batman film. Sure, the properties compared to Hellboy are like Nike and Puma where one is more widely spread to audiences while the other is a select group of people, but they are still one in the same. Guillermo del Toro, director of hit films like Pan’s Labyrinth and Pacific Rim directed the first two Hellboy films and says he’s wanted to do a third to finish out the underrated duo of films, but with his desire for such a massive budget and the box office for the two films being “okay” at best, it’s hard for this third film to get off the ground, but hopefully the info on the possible story can entice studios to take a chance.
Ron Perlman, who plays Hellboy, got to chatting on the official Empire podcast about the possible story line of a Hellboy 3:
“Holy shit, he’s the beast of the Apocalypse. He has to take down civilisation. He has to. It’s non-negotiable. That’s the foundation for the story, and that’s why I think it would be a shame if we don’t do it.I really feel as though I’m done with the character. I don’t have a burning desire to put that shit on again. But Guillermo told me what the resolve of the trilogy would look like, in broad strokes, and it’s such an amazingly theatrical, cinematic idea, that I found it essential that we do it. We were designed to be a trilogy, with a beginning, a middle and an end. We’ve only done two-thirds, so I feel that we’re not really done until we finish it.”
Perlman has championed this final installment since the third film came out and we are glad he has. Hopefully his tidbit of information can gets some wallets moving for studio executives to get this movie filmed already. The beauty of this idea is that this film would be set perfectly in a time where everyone wants comic-book based films, especially this guy. Hellboy was always one of those films that brings the magic of fantasy/fairytales with it’s darker, but comedic elements that make most comic-book adaptations so enjoyable and it’d be a shame for the film to not be made, but that damn budget del Toro is asking for is just so high!
Sadly, this film seems to be all but on the shelf until a budget can be agreed on, and once this film does hit a screen, no one will likely want it besides the hardcore fans (like myself) which can lead to a Sin City: A Dame to Kill For type failure where the fans waited too long and they don’t go out to see the film in theaters. GUYS TALK MORE ABOUT IT SO THE FILM CAN BE MADE!