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Guillermo del Toro Shoots Down All Hope For HELLBOY 3

Posted on July 8, 2013 at 3:42 pm by David "Snackbar" Edmundson


Excitement for Guillermo del Toro to make a 3rd Hellboy movie has not lessened in the years since the 2008 release of Hellboy II: The Golden Army, but nothing has really happened with the franchise. Del Toro has become one of the most promising film makers currently working, and has become a master of showcasing amazing tales and stunning visuals through his incredibly talented eye.  He has finally laned a giant studio tentpole with this summer’s Pacific Rim (Read Jess’ review), and he’s already lined up a ghost story called Crimson Peak as his follow-up film.  Nevertheless, the looming question of when/if Hellboy 3 will come to fruition remains.

Speaking to Collider;

Del Toro has said for years that he already has the story for Hellboy 3 laid out, but Hellboy 2’s global box office take of $160 million against an $85 million budget wasn’t enough to warrant an even larger budget ron-perlman-as-hellboy-in-hellboy-2004for a third film.  While fans have continued to hold out hope, del Toro admitted that the likelihood of Hellboy 3 ever getting made is slim:

“It’s very unlikely it’ll happen because you need things to converge so strongly.  [Producer] Larry Gordon, Universal, the rights, Ron[Perlman’s] and mine’s availability, [comic creator] Mike [Mingola’s] blessing; we have pieces of that, but we don’t have all of that.  You need so many things to confluence and then you need about $150 million.”

Collider asked del Toro if we could see the storyline for Hellboy 3 play out in a different form, like a comics run, and the filmmaker said that he’s already considered that prospect but Hellboy comics creator Mike Mingola isn’t crazy about having del Toro’s iteration of the character exist in comic form:

“I talked to Mike about making it a comic and Mike said very clearly, ‘Hellboy the movies is yours, Hellboythe comics is mine; I don’t wanna confuse them.’  He has been very clear about not bringing any mythology we did in the movies into the comics, like Kroenen being a mechanical clockwork zombie Nazi, or The Samaritan, which is not called ‘The Samaritan’ in the comics, or Big Baby, or Abe Sapien being like the character he is in the movies, which is different.  In the comics he’s a hard-ass, Abe Sapien is really a tough guy, and in the movie he’s like this sensitive, mind reading fish man.  So [Mike] is very careful, no love story between Liz and Hellboy, so on and so forth.

Hellboy-II-hellboy-ii-the-golden-army-3961874-1920-1080Del Toro added that the scale of Hellboy 3 would make it a very different film from the first two, but noted that the “mass destruction” staple that is now found in most summer tentpoles would force him to up his game:

“The way Hellboy 1 and Hellboy 2 are very different from each other,Hellboy 3 is different enough from the other two that it wouldn’t feel like the same universe in scale.  He does become the beast of the apocalypse.  But seeing the apocalypse is getting more and more—the bar is raised higher and higher every year; mass destruction is becoming the sport of the summer.”

Bummer news.  I loved both Hellboy films, and del Toro always seems to impress me.  Whether it’s big movies like Hellboy or smaller more personal tales like Pan’s Labrynth, he always gives you a unique and sometimes bizarre look at film.

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