We’ve been hearing about Hellboy 3 for nearly five years, but director Guillermo del Toro keeps making other movies, and the final installment of the trilogy remains in development hell. But it won’t be there much longer if original star Ron Perlman has anything to say about it.
Perlman is making a hard run at del Toro to return to the franchise that solidified his status as a geek icon, and if the upcoming sci-fi epic Pacific Rim turns out to be a monster hit, the director might finally have the clout to make it happen.
Hellboy himself sure hopes so, and he told IGN that Del Toro “owes it to the world” to make his epic final chapter a reality:
"[Del Toro and I] both walked away from Hellboy 2 agreeing that there would never be another one," he says. "But, with the passage of time, it became clear to me that he really always designed it as a trilogy. [Guillermo] has a very well-articulated idea of what the resolve would look like and it's amazingly theatrical and is epic in scope and would make for amazing cinema, with or without the first two movies ... I said [to Guillermo], 'You owe it to the world to finish this trilogy. I've been giving him Jewish guilt."
For the record, Hellboy and Hellboy II: The Golden Army combined for a box-office haul of $260 million. Not bad numbers, sure, but del Toro has been adamant that part three would require a much bigger budget to pull off. Considering the franchise has never broken through to the mainstream, that’s a gamble the studio isn’t willing to make.
But with Perlman on the case, we won’t give up hope. Yet.