It's been seven long years since we last saw Hellboy on the big screen, but Ron Perlman is not giving up on getting covered in red body paint one last time.
Perlman, who made the demonic comic book character one of the defining roles of his long career in 2004's Hellboy and 2008's Hellboy 2: The Golden Army, took to Twitter and Facebook on Wednesday (June 3) to encourage fans to make Hellboy 3 a trending topic:
Doug Jones, who played fishman Abe Sapien in both films and works frequently with Hellboy and Hellboy 2 director Guillermo Del Toro, quickly got behind his buddy Big Red's initiative:
Could an online campaign led by Hellboy, himself, be enough to get Hellboy 3 made? It's difficult to say. While Perlman and Del Toro have both wanted to do it, the latter said in 2013 that getting a third film financed was almost impossible. The first Hellboy was a modest box office success, but the second one did not do nearly as well and was a more expensive movie, two automatic red flags for studio bean counters. If a third film was to happen, it would need the kind of budget necessary to end the story in epic fashion.
Then again, as Cinemablend points out, Ryan Reynolds and director Tim Miller practically willed the Deadpool movie into existence after test footage leaked out and became a viral sensation, and fan interest was certainly a huge factor in Joss Whedon getting the Firefly crew to the big screen in Serenity. Right now, there's even a petition online urging Disney to reconsider canceling Tron 3. Is it unreasonable to think that Hellboy 3 might benefit from the same kind of groundswell?
Go to Perlman's social media pages if you want to make your voice heard, and feel free to sound off below as well (after all, Blastr comes under the same corporate umbrella as Universal Studios, which produced Hellboy 2). Do you want to see Hellboy 3 brought to life?