With his long-in-the-making adventure film Pacific Rim hitting theaters this week, rumors are swirling about the possibility of a third Hellboy installment spawning sometime in the future, once again under the direction of Guillermo Del Toro. Five years ago, Hellboy II: The Golden Army was released, leading to years of speculation and anticipation, and, luckily for fans, Ron Perlman could be donning the red paint once again. Both Perlman and director Guillermo del Toro, who has been attached to a multitude of projects in the past half of a decade including The Haunted Mansion and At the Mountains of Madness, have recently expressed interest in adding a new chapter to the series.
With the actor/director tandem of Perlman and del Toro having worked together on Pacific Rim, the possibility of the third installment of the Hellboy series was brought up during an interview. According to Ryan Turek of Shock Till You Drop, del Toro told him, “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 [Tull, founder of Legendary Entertainment] 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.”
Perlman later told Turek, “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 [Legendary] 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?’”
While Tull’s comments may have been true, he since added that there are some rights issues that would need to be settled before Legendary Pictures could step in. In addition to the red tape of copyrights, comic creator Mike Mignola has not yet been contacted about the return of Hellboy, who currently still is writing the big guy in comic book form. Also factor in reassembling the cast, fitting the film into Del Toro’s schedule and the not-too-impressive returns on Hellboy II and the project seems like even further of a long shot.
This does not change the fact that Mignola could hope to use Hellboy 3 to once again turn casual movie goers into comic readers. While the Hellboy comic series turns 20 this year, his recent work to the of his includes the Darkness Calls/The Wild Hunt/The Storm and The Fury trilogy. This could help provide Mignola the opportunity to share his vision with fans, assuming they cannot be adapted quite right on the big screen. Only time with tell, but rest assured Hellboy fans will get their answer sooner rather than later.
– By Nick Hiras