Ron Perlman Is Never Giving Up On HELLBOY 3
These days, Hollywood will give the green light to a sequel before the first film even hits theaters. Aside from buzz and tracking numbers, they have no idea whether or not a film will be successful. Now, often times those numbers are fairly accurate, but there those films that flop severely and the studio looks a fool. All too often though, films that have no business getting a sequel are getting sequels. Meanwhile, you have projects like Hellboy, which has two very under rated comic book movies making up the franchise, that deserve a sequel, but will likely never get it. Lat we heard, director and writer Guillermo Del Toro had pitched the idea he had for Hellboy 3 to the studio execs, but sadly they passed. The problem came down to budget. Del Toro needed nearly twice the budget he got for the previous film to make the movie he wanted. Looking at the production budgets for the two films- Hellboy was $66 million and Hellboy II: The Golden Army was made for $85 million- both of the installments made pretty good money at the world wide box office, over $99 million and $160 million respectively. I’d say they both did pretty well. But so far, it’s a no go.
This doesn’t keep the film’s star, Ron Perlman, from campaigning for the third film to get made. This franchise has been a passion project for Del Toro and the entire cast. All that have been involved have put their blood, sweat and tears into getting these films made, as they are a bit…out there and don’t have the huge following that other comic book character have. Perlman says he won’t stop fighting and will continue to campaign to get the third installment completed.
I’d like to not keep it going. I’d like to finish it, though. I’d like for there be a third film because the first two films set up for a huge resolve, and he (Guillermo del Toro) already understands what that resolve will kinda look like. He gave me a rather broad stroke sketch of what the third film would look like, and it’s so epic. It’s so deserved by the fans who hung in there for the first two, that I really feel as though it’s essential that we make it. So, I fight for it every day. Sometimes I’m the only voice, and sometimes there are others, but I’m never gonna stop trying to get Hellboy 3 made.
I don’t think I’m exaggerating with my earlier sentiment when I said these films are severely under rated. With a budget that is about half that of other films in this genre, Del Toro and his cast have put together films that are cohesive and visually breathtaking at times. Del Toro has some big plans for the third film and I really do hope we get to see them come to fruition some day.I’d go so far as to say that I’d wait on a Pacific Rim sequel for another go at Hellboy.
Then, of course, you have the issue of Del Toro himself. Possibly one of the busiest men in the business, with his writing, producing and directing, his track record for actually getting his projects made is not good. More often than not, he’ll sign on to a project, get the ball rolling and then drop out due to scheduling issues. This occurred with the Hobbit films, the Haunted Mansion reboot and more recently, he dropped out of the live action Beauty & The Beast project, which Emma Watson is set to star in. Now, he usually stays attached to the projects as a writer or producer, but it’s not as hands on as many fans would like. Who knows if Hellboy 3 will get made, but we as fans can certainly hope and dream, right?
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Source : JoBlo