I have made it absolutely no secret that I love Hellboy. While it’s been clearly stated before that Mike Mignola and Ron Perlman would love to see Hellboy hit the big screen one more time to round out a trilogy, it just hasn’t been in the cards. The studio with the rights doesn’t want to gamble away enough money to make a third. The first two were profitable but apparently not profitable enough for them to gamble on the fan base to want to see another round.
Now it looks as if all of that has finally changed! While on break from the San Francisco-based press tour for Pacific Rim, something unexpected and amazing happened: Thomas Tull, head of Legendary Pictures (who is putting out Pacific Rim), sat down with Guillermo del Toro and Ron Perlman.
I’m sure I don’t have to explain where this conversation went but I’m practically bouncing in my chair with excitement and have to give you all of the details that we have!
According to Del Toro while they were sitting down, Perlman had this to say:
“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′?’
Tull responded with:
“I would love to see ‘Hellboy 3’.”
While this isn’t any kind of confirmation that ‘Hellboy 3’ was going to happen or even be attempted, why am I so excited? Well the next thing Del Toro mentioned was:
“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.”
Of course, you can’t expect Hellboy himself, Mr. Ron Perlman, to not chime in on this news that he’s been pushing for. So what did he have to say on it?
“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.”
Is that sucking up or does he love working with Legendary? Hopefully a little of both! So do you think it could happen? Well Tull had one final thing to weigh in on it. He said that there are rights issues that would need to be sorted out before Legendary can get involved. Columbia Pictures may not be interested in financing a third film, but if Legendary decided to kick funds into the mix, this could just be the beginning of what will be the happiest movie announcement I’ve read in ages!
Let’s hope for a ‘Pacific Rim’ box office success so that Legendary will feel the need to do what they can to make this project come to life!