Guillermo del Toro Doesn’t Think HELLBOY 3 Will Happen; Gives Rundown of What It Might Have Been

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Hellboy 3 is one of those projects that Guillermo del Toro fans just can’t let go of.  I don’t blame them.  To me, it’s an interesting property that is in many ways perfect for the filmmaker and I think he was just really finding his way into what the big screen version of it wanted to be (which is to say I think Hellboy 2 was at least twice as good as the original film).  But it doesn’t look like it’s in the cards. It’s an unfortunate status he’s hinted at for a while, that he feels there just wasn’t enough interest to justify the $150 million price tag the film would require.

Steve did an epic interview with del Toro earlier in the week that covered stuff like the Pacific Rim Animated Series At the Mountains of Madness, Crimson Peak and The Strain along with his new Black and White movie.  But today del Toro gave a taste of what Hellboy 3 might have been, despite that fact that it will (probably) never be. Hit the jump for more.

hellboy-3-guillermo-del-toroDel Toro divulged the following during a Reddit AMA session:

“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.”

This very much sounds like the external forces against the film haven’t shifted that much since last year when he told Collider:

“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.”

I’m a little sad because that seems like a fairly epic escalation from the second film and a truly epic way to end the series.  Still, at least we got two good movies out of it.

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  • Donald

    As I read this I have $30 dollars in my wallet……only $149,999,970 to go!

    • Kaine Morrison

      I have $1.67

  • drewlicious

    If only the second one was a huge hit in China. Then Universal would gladly write the check.

    • Cpt Rex Kramer

      I don’t think the series has even been released in China. China has some fairly strict rules about what foreign films get a theatrical release. Anything to do with demons, devils, magic, warlocks, etc., etc., are pretty much forbidden from what I’ve read. Although having just written this, I know the Hobbit film and the last few Harry Potter films were released in China, so maybe they have become a bit lax in what they show now-a-days.

  • agent777

    There are four films in the bloody Mummy reboot/franchise, they can at least cancel out the damage by making a third Hellboy.

    • Kaine Morrison

      4?

      I know of only 3… maybe 6 if you include The Scorpion King Series.
      Unless you are referring to the Original Series?

      • The Walking Cuban

        I think you can count the horrible Dwayne Johnson one without counting the horribler straight to DVD one(s?).

    • Aquartertoseven

      Hellboy 2 doesn’t deserve a sequel though, it was far worse than The Mummy 3. This is justice.

    • Josh

      I don’t know what the hell is wrong with Universal. They keep making these really awful movies, Right now Dracula Untold looks really awful.
      Universal keeps losing money left and right, But They just CAN’T have a Hellboy 3 made…….
      WTF

  • Jack Dennis

    i dont understand why he needs 150 mil. the last one made 160 mil.he can’t find a smaller scale story to end the series? cuz theres no way universal would ever give him 150 to do hellboy 3. 80 million would make sense and make it 3d the film would easily pull in over 200 mil especially with overseas market being vastly different than it was in 04 and 08. i bet universal would be glad to make hellboy 3 but del toros being unreasonable with wanting 150 mil.

    • HORSEFLESH

      He’s got an ego. No Hellboy film deserves a $150 million budget if it would lose money at that price. It’s possible to do a decent wrap-up film for $70-80 million but he wants bells and whistles instead of settling for suggestion and subtlety.

      • Hitbh

        I like that he is not sacrificing the integrity of the project. But at the same time he should still attempt to end the trilogy he created wether he directs it or just produces it. It’s a story that a lot of people want told an could be done for considerably less.

    • Josh

      yet universal wasted 220 million making that piece of shlt BATTLESHIP movie.

      there is something seriously wrong with these people

  • Yellow

    If they do ever do another Hellboy he should be mocap, the costume looks so outdated.

    • Rassilonaphile

      Really? It’s basically just the actor painted red with the odd prosthetic. Full mo-cap/CGI would look far less realistic.

    • Rassilonaphile

      Really? It’s basically just the actor painted red with the odd prosthetic. Full mo-cap/CGI would look far less realistic.

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  • Mike

    I think I’m in the minority of true movie fans that doesn’t much care for the Hellboy series. I thought the creature work in the second movie was absolutely phenomenal but that’s about it for me. I never felt like the jokes landed very well, tended to fall to the lowest common denominator side. Didn’t think the action was too impressive either.

    • Aquartertoseven

      The second Hellboy was atrocious, I’m not surprised that there won’t be a sequel.

      • Jason Andrew Wendleton

        I saw the second one and then immediately walked over to another theatre and saw THE DARK KNIGHT…that was a terrible double-feature. The Hellboy sequel paled in comparison, but maybe it’s comparing apples to oranges. I feel like I need to see it again.

      • Aquartertoseven

        Don’t, don’t force yourself to endure it. It’s painfully bad.

      • Aquartertoseven

        Don’t, don’t force yourself to endure it. It’s painfully bad.

      • MJ

        I walked out as well. First one was somewhat interesting, the second one was just fracking awful.

      • Aquartertoseven

        Battlestar fan huh?

        Critics rated it at 87%, higher than the first one, what were they, blind?

    • Doug

      A couple months ago, I bought Hellboy 2 for $5. I thought, “Why don’t I own this yet?” And then I watched it and remembered why.

  • appolox

    Why do things like Alvin and the Chipmunks get to be a trilogy, whereas Serenity Dredd and unfortunately now Hellboy bite the dust?

    • Kpaqu1

      You don’t understand why low budget/high profit children’s movies that will sell in perpetuity get sequels whereas high budget/low profit movies for older audiences and become dated after a few years don’t?

      • appolox

        Oh like low budget/high profit children’s movies are not dated?

    • Josh

      or, Why does Universal waste 220 million dollars making Battleship, but Universal can cough up 85 million for Hellboy 3??

      • appolox

        Because they think that creative comic book movies with deep themes and layered characters won’t resonate as well with audiences as 2 hours of explosions.

    • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

      Making money on safe bets like Chipmunks allow them to take risks on other projects.

      • appolox

        So why not take a risk on Hellboy 3?

      • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

        The previous two films track records indicate it would be foolish instead of risky to give Del Torro the $150 million he wants for a third film. They just might if he was asking for $50 million less.

  • Ryan S.

    When Guillermo del Toro says something isn’t happening, you KNOW it isn’t happening.

    • CJ

      True. He IS the eternal optimist.

    • Mike

      Not necessarily. He said that At The Mountains Of Madness was pretty much dead but look where we are now.

  • http://www.scifihistory.net/ E. Lee Zimmerman

    There is a God!

  • http://www.scifihistory.net/ E. Lee Zimmerman

    There is a God!

  • CJ

    He has also said that Ron Perlman simply doesn’t want to go through the make-up process for months on end again.

    • astr

      the last film was 6 years ago, i’m sure it wouldn’t be as painfully long. i think even jennifer lawrence mentioned how for her role in DOFP make-up process was shorter than first class.

    • astr

      the last film was 6 years ago, i’m sure it wouldn’t be as painfully long. i think even jennifer lawrence mentioned how for her role in DOFP make-up process was shorter than first class.

      • CJ

        I’m sure a lot of that was body suits, since Jennifer Lawrence’s buttocks and boobies didn’t visibly jiggle as much as Rebecca Romijn’s did in the earlier movies.

        Believe me, I noticed.

      • milo

        Definitely more costume than paint in DOFP, the filmmakers have confirmed that.

    • Josh

      you forget the part where RON PERLMAN himself said that he wants Hellboy to have a third movie made.
      RON himself is willing to do the hellboy make up

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  • Cpt Rex Kramer

    Well, this news just sucks. S**tcan the film most want, and greenlight a film that no one cares for. Typical.

    • Cpt Rex Kramer

      That greenlighted film being ‘Pacific Rim 2′, of course.

      • Kaine Morrison

        I want to see Pacific Rim 2!

        I loved the first one!

  • Verbal Kent

    I’d rather see a Hellboy 3 than a fu*king Pacific RimJOB sequel.

  • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

    I know this might sound silly but, if it is really impossible for this to happen… what about writing novelizations of the first two books (although probably they already exist) and publish the could-have-been third story as a novel? I’d read that.

  • Josh

    this is what disgusts me about Universal.
    They were willing to distribute that Awful R.I.P.D movie that flopped.
    They were willing to make that Crap BATTLESHIP movie
    Now they made that Dracula Untold movie that looks awful as well.
    BUT NO HELLBOY 3?
    what the hell seriously, What the HELL? WTF is wrong with these people?

    • bidi

      although they’re huge moneymakers, Universal has now also made 7 Fast and Furious movies. i know people enjoy them but they’re just really not good

  • MJ

    Here is wild-ass thought. The first two movies were dumbass excesses and nearly unwatchable, so that’s why there will not be a third film.

    Oh silly me to be saying such things….

    PS: Pacific Rim rocks though — looking forward to that sequel

  • cineast4

    Given the nature of third films usually, in trilogies, maybe its for the best that its left at two great films…

    • derek

      This isn’t any director. I think we all have faith in his trilogy capabilities except you

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