As a big fan of Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy movies, I’ve been long-hoping for a third movie in the Ron Perlman-starring series. Sadly, the chances of a third film seem increasingly slim.
When asked about Hellboy 3 during a Reddit AMA, del Toro said, “Well, you know, we don’t have that movie on the horizon,” he wrote. “But the idea for it was to have Hellboy finally come to terms with the fact that his destiny, his inevitable destiny, is to become the beast of the Apocalypse, and having him and Liz face the sort of, that part of his nature, and he has to do it, in order to be able to ironically vanquish the foe that he has to face in the 3rd film. He has to become the beast of the Apocalypse to be able to defend humanity, but at the same time he becomes a much darker being. It’s a very interesting ending to the series, but I don’t think it will happen.”
He then added: “I think that the first movie made its budget back, and a little bit of profit, but then it was very very big on video and DVD. The story repeated itself with the second already, it made its money back at the box office, but a small margin of profit in the release of the theatrical print, but was very very big on DVD and video. Sadly now from a business point of view all the studios know is that you don’t have that safety net of the DVD and video, so they view the project as dangerous….Creatively, I would love to make it. Creatively. But it is proven almost impossible to finance. Not from MY side, but from the studio side. If I was a multimillionaire, I would finance it myself, but I spend all my money on rubber monsters.”
Absolutely stunning to watch, Hellboy took $100 million at the box office and Hellboy: The Golden Army took $160 million. Fingers crossed that something can happen for Hellboy 3, but it doesn’t look likely any time soon.