Both del Toro and Perlman say they want Hellboy 3 (but can it happen?)

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Jul 1, 2013, 3:54 PM EDT (Updated)

If you're hoping Mike Mignola's devilish hero might return to the big screen, here's some hope you can cling on to.

Guillermo del Toro recently revealed that he, Hellboy actor Ron Perlman and Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull discussed the possibility of Hellboy returning for a third film. Says del Toro:

...last night, we were at dinner and Ron said, 'I would be very happy to do Hellboy again, when are we doing Hellboy 3?’ Thomas said, 'I would love to see Hellboy 3.' He didn't say he would love to do it he just said he'd like to see it, but today, I'll ask him.

So the good news is that del Toro and Perlman are still on board. Perlman even went so far as to make the case for why Legendary Pictures is the right place to bring Hellboy for a third film.

Not just anybody can make this movie. I loved working for Legendary and I know for Guillermo working on Pacific Rim was one of his greatest experiences. The reason I loved working for them is because Guillermo was so happy. I came in six months into the shoot and he seemed as fresh as a daisy, simply because he was working for someone who appreciated and supported his outlandish visions of what he wanted to put on the screen. My immediate, silent wish was, wouldn't it be great if these guys came in and helped resolve the Hellboy series.

Here's the catch -- according to Tull, apparently there are rights issues that are currently tying up any possibility of proceeding with another Hellboy feature. And much as we'd like to diminish that as no big deal, it presents a substantial challenge. Because assuming selling the Hellboy license is even on the table, it won't be cheap.

So we'd say that at least part of the answer lies with Pacific Rim. If it's a big success, we wouldn't be surprised if Legendary would be willing to pay a high price to give del Toro another crack at Hellboy.

(via Comic Book Movie