It seems Guillermo del Toro always has at least a half dozen projects in various stages of development. Turns out there’s a pretty good reason for that.
Collider caught up with the prolific geek filmmaker to talk about his massive list of ever-evolving, semi-active films that always seem to be in some stage of development. According to del Toro, there’s a method to his madness, and he keeps so many balls in the air because he knows just how fickle Hollywood can be when it comes to actually getting a film made. Basically: If he has six or seven movies in the works, at least one of them will have to happen, right?
Here’s an excerpt from his comments:
“All you can do is develop the screenplays, send them in, get a reaction, get the budget, agree or disagree on budget and so forth. Every project goes through the same thing. People say why do you have five [movies in development]? I have five because one happens. Whenever I have dedicated myself to a single project for any length of time, I end up having three, four years where I don’t shoot. It’s happened twice already, so I live in a life of realities. I have to have these projects alive to hope and pray that one of them happen.”
It’s not an interview with del Toro if the long-gestating Hellboy 3 doesn’t come up in some capacity, and the director offered up a not-so-encouraging update on the project that recently shot back into the public consciousness thanks to some promo work from star Ron Perlman. Basically: The death of the home release market has severely hurt the odds of getting this geek property back on the big screen.
Here’s del Toro’s explainer:
“Same status. I think that the fans want it, we want it, but studios … it’s a big movie, bigger than the first one and the second one. The numbers on the Hellboys made a lot of sense because of video. Hellboy II exists not because a studio head said. ‘I’m a big fan.’ The first one made money, made much more money on the Blu-ray and DVD than it did theatrically. It made money. Now that market is done.”
What’s your take? What would you like to see del Toro tackle next? Will we ever get another Hellboy?