Fans of Guillermo Del Toro’s two Hellboy films, adapted from the comic series by Mike Mignola, have been hoping for a third installment, if only to see how the demonic hero will avoid the prophecy that he will turn evil and rule over the Earth. Ron Perlman, who played Hellboy in the two films, would also like to see how that shakes out. And now there may be someone who will be willing to foot the bill for the film.
Guillermo and Del Toro have been doing the publicity rounds for the upcoming Pacific Rim, and ShockTillYouDrop has reported that the pair went out to dinner with Thomas Tull, the head of Legendary Pictures, the financers of the giant robots versus giant monsters film. And what did the three talk about? According to Del Toro –
I hate giving pieces about it, but 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] 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.
Now, just because the head of one of the biggest money sources in Hollywood right now says he would like to see a certain movie come about does not necessarily mean it is going to happen. Perlman realizes that too, and when asked by ShockTillYouDrop about the possibility of Legendary funding Hellboy 3, he gave a cautiously optimistic answer.
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 them 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.
Well, we’re all agreed that everyone wants to see it. But does Tull want to see it bad enough that he’ll pony up the cash to make the film? I have no doubt that answer may in part depend on how Pacific Rim does when it opens later this month.