With his new FX series “The Strain” debuting last night (our review), writer/director/producer Guillermo del Toro has been doing a lot of press lately. We spoke with him a little bit about that show, and recently he’s revealed some more details about Pacific Rim 2 and the “strange” black and white film he’s going to work on between now and then. GDT is always busy, but there’s one project in particular that a lot of fans are wondering about: what’s up with Hellboy 3? Well, according to an AMA he gave over on Reddit, things aren’t looking good.
Here’s what he had to say when asked if he had any updates on Hellboy 3:
Well, you know, we don’t have that movie on the horizon, 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 best 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.
When another fan chimed in questioning why del Toro wouldn’t just go ahead and make the movie since he has a solid idea for it and a passionate fanbase, the writer/director elaborated:
It is a question that I myself ask of the world many times, but we have gone through basically every studio and asked for financing, and they are not interested. 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.
So, as to be expected, it all essentially boils down to business reasons. Fans can often get so attached to properties they love that they forget that making movies is still a business, and finding that balance between art and commerce is tougher than it looks. Though I like the creature effects and the makeup, I’m not personally a huge fan of the Hellboy series, so this news isn’t nearly as troubling for me to hear as it may be for you diehards out there. But I think we can all agree that del Toro works wonders with original properties, and hopefully the fact that he won’t be doing a Hellboy 3 means he’ll be able to come up with something totally original that captivates us all instead.
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