In 2004, director Guillermo del Toro and actor Ron Perlman first brought Hellboy — the Mike Mignola creation from Dark Horse Comics — to the silver screen. It was well received and proved a moderate financial success, ultimately prompting the development of Hellboy II: The Golden Army in 2008. Still, del Toro’s Hellboy story was always envisioned as a trilogy, and since the release of The Golden Army, there has been little to no word about the development of a sequel. Now, the star of the films has taken to social media to try and change that.
On Twitter, Perlman stated his desire in trying to get Hellboy III developed, and his tweet prompted statements of support from some of his co-stars. His tweet reads,
Anybody out there wanna see #HellboyIII as much as I do? Let's get this muthafucka trending, y'all! Let's end the trilogy; we earned it!
— Ron Perlman (@perlmutations) June 3, 2015
This quickly prompted actor Doug Jones — a regular del Toro collaborator and the man that played Abe Sapien in the films — to throw his support behind Perlman’s efforts.
— Doug Jones (@actordougjones) June 3, 2015
Selma Blair followed things up with her own statement of support, and while Jeffrey Tambor didn’t tweet anything himself, he did retweet a statement from someone else supporting the creation of a third Hellboy film. While del Toro hasn’t publicly commented on these new efforts — at least not yet — the director seemed reticent to say that a third Hellboy film was in the cards in an AMA on Reddit from last year. When asked about the possibility, he said,
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.
Perhaps a strong push on social media can help in getting another studio, like Legendary Pictures for instance (as both del Toro and Legendary producer Thomas Tull speculated once), give Hellboy III a chance. Do you want to see a third chapter for Hellboy’s cinematic saga?
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