Guillermo Del Toro is one busy man. He always seems to be juggling at least 3 or 4 big projects simultaneously. And yet, even with that clownish workload, there’s still one more movie that fans have been wanting Del Toro to do for ages now: Hellboy 3. Since the end of the second film, we’ve heard several tidbits – some very positive, some just hopeful – from star Ron Pearlman and Del Toro himself about a possible return to the comic book world they realized on screen. But now it looks like this devil may finally be laying down the horns.
The ever candid Del Toro, during one of his frequent Reddit AMA‘s, revealed that right now the film is essentially dead, and probably won’t be getting revived. All because of some money. Or rather, because there simply isn’t enough money.
“…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.”
“It’s very unlikely it’ll happen because you need things to converge so strongly. [Producer] Larry Gordon, Universal, the rights, Ron [Perlman’s] and mine’s availability, [comic creator] Mike [Mingola’s] blessing; we have pieces of that, but we don’t have all of that. You need so many things to confluence and then you need about $150 million.”
So let’s say Darryn wins the Lotto tomorrow and decides he wants to stop spending all his money on rubber butt molds and actually help Del Toro with his missing $150 million, what would that movie then have looked like?
“…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 beast 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.”
Damn. That is actually a story I would have loved to have seen on screen. Unfortunately, it seems that our imaginations will just have to surfice for now..
Last Updated: July 14, 2014