Guillermo del Toro & Ron Perlman Still Want to Make ‘Hellboy 3′

Published 3 years ago by

hellboy 3 perlman del toro Guillermo del Toro & Ron Perlman Still Want to Make Hellboy 3

Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim marks his fifth time working alongside the 60-year old fan-favorite actor Ron Perlman, after Cronos, Blade II, and the first two Hellboy movies. Both gentlemen were in attendance at the Comic-Con 2012 Pacific Rim panel, in order to promote that ambitious undertaking.

The pair have had little time to spare since Hellboy II, between Perlman’s TV work (Sons of Anarchy, 1000 Ways to Die) and del Toro’s multiple projects - coupled with the two years he spent developing The Hobbit. It was of little surprise, then, when reporters took advantage of the pair being together for Comic-Con to inquire about the prospective Hellboy 3.

“I can say publicly that now [Ron Perlman and I] are together in trying [to make 'Hellboy 3'],” del Toro informed EW, during an interview conducted amidst the Con festivities. Perlman had long been open about his desire to work on a Hellboy trilogy finale with del Toro, but the latter previously expressed reservations:

“I would love to [make a third 'Hellboy'], but the heartbreak for me is that I know how it ends and I don’t know if I want to see that ending.  But I would love to do it.”

Hellboy comic book creator Mike Mignola has likewise expressed concern about del Toro’s planned conclusion to the titular devilish hero’s journey – as the writer/artist didn’t anticipate reaching his own ending to the story (in graphic novel form) for possibly another 15 years, when asked a couple years back. However, in light of recent developments in the Hellboy comics, Mignola might feel differently now.

hellboy 3 ron perlman1 Guillermo del Toro & Ron Perlman Still Want to Make Hellboy 3

Perlman, for his part, reiterated his feeling that it’d be a shame for del Toro not to carry through with his own idea about Hellboy’s final destination (and how it affects the future of humanity):

“The [first] two movies were really set up to have this unbelievable resolve. Everything that was done in both movies was leading up to this destiny, written in stone, of what Hellboy has been summoned to Earth to do. To not do it, particularly in light of the scope that Guillermo is thinking of for the resolve, would be in my mind a little bit of a shame.”

It stands to reason that del Toro may be less intimidated by said scope of Hellboy 3, in the aftermath of his efforts on Pacific Rim. The latter project weaves together a dense mythology with a simplistic good vs. evil scenario that requires daunting production values, in order to be properly realized on the silver screen (much like a third Hellboy movie could).

“I’ve encountered a lot of kids who are fans of the movies,” del Toro said, going on to express his admiration for Perlman appearing in character as Hellboy for a six-year old fan (who’s in the midst of a battle with leukemia). It’s for reasons like that del Toro insists “We’re going to make an effort” to see the big red guy off into the sunset.

hellboy 3 ron perlman Guillermo del Toro & Ron Perlman Still Want to Make Hellboy 3

Hellboy II: The Golden Army was not an especially lucrative investment – meaning there isn’t a lot of pressure from Universal for a third installment (the second one grossed $160 million worldwide on an $85 million budget). However, the sequel was warmly received by many a casual moviegoer and critic alike – so, rest assured, there’s an audience for the threequel.

One major obstacle to Hellboy 3 right now is del Toro’s upcoming workslate, which includes a 3D stop-motion version of Pinocchio and a Beauty and the Beast retelling. That might not matter, though, as the filmmaker seemingly prefers to have multiple dishes cooking in the oven at once.

Screen Rant will be sure to keep you updated on Hellboy 3 as the story develops.

Source: EW

Get our free email alerts on the topics and author of this article:


Post a Comment

GravatarWant to change your avatar?
Go to and upload your own (we'll wait)!

 Rules: No profanity or personal attacks.
 Use a valid email address or risk being banned from commenting.

If your comment doesn't show up immediately, it may have been flagged for moderation. Please try refreshing the page first, then drop us a note and we'll retrieve it. Keep in mind that we do not allow external links in the comments.

  1. I’m a huge fan of both Hellboy movies, and while I would be ecstatic about a third film, I enjoy the delightful conclusion to the 2nd film. For me, this is a win-win scenario.

    If fate sees fit that Hellboy 3 falls through the cracks, I still have Pacific Rim and the other films mentioned to look forward to. Bring it, Guillermo!

  2. Yes. Do a Hellboy 3 please. The first is my favorite but I enjoyed both of them.

  3. Nice. Let’s hope this happens! I love the first two Hellboy films. Bring on the third!

  4. Agreed. But I’m more of a Spawn guy. Wheres the next Spawn movie?

  5. I really hope this happens!

  6. I am a fan of both del Toro and Perlman, but I hate to say that I thought both Hellboy films were only mediocre and could have been better. I am so glad del Toro walked away from The Hobbit, as Jackson, in my opinion, is a far better director. Still, it would be nice to see Hellboy 3, if done right.

  7. Actually Pacific Rim is the fifth time. You forgot about Blade II but so did everyone else who has ever seen it.

    • My apologies, that’s been corrected.

    • What are you talking about? I thought Blade 2 was at least as good as 1 and much better than the silly Dracula installment.

      • Blade 1 = Blade 2 imo and Blade 2 had a little more humor and wasn’t so grim so that was a plus for me. Blade 3 was terribad.

      • I like it, but I felt I was alone in that. Seems as though Blade just wasn’t popular.

  8. Actually Del Toro Directed Blade 2 and Ron Perlman was in that as well so it would be the fifth film they have worked on together

  9. Actually, if you look up what Mike Mignola has done with Hellboy recently, he has concluded many of the major story lines and has now started a completely new direction for the series. So I’m not sure Mignola would have the same objections over wrapping up the Hellboy movie series.

  10. Do it now!! Hellboy deserves a conclusion!

  11. We really live in a world where doubling your money isn’t good enough for the studios… greedy “frackers”.

    I definitely want a third Hellboy!

    • Well, you have to remember: studio’s only get about half of the ticket sales. So that means Hellboy II wasn’t a huge moneymaker for Universal (in theaters, at least).

      • who gets the other half then? Because movie theaters only keep about 10% of ticket sales at most which is why their snack bar is so much

        • I don’t know the percentages. But I know that the makers of the movie only make most of their money on opening day. The longer the movie is in theaters, the more of the money from the ticket sales goes to the theaters instead.

  12. Who do I annoy to make this movie happen ?

    • Now that’s the spirit, lol! I’m glad to see that Guillermo del Toro has invested in the character development enough that he has second thoughts about wanting to end the character.

  13. I loved the first HB – I can rewatch it every time it shows up on TV. The second one was pretty disappointing…that said, we need a 3rd one.

  14. Visually, the Hellboy films have been fascinating. I’d give a third movie a viewing, though I disliked the second one.

  15. I think both Hellboy films are criminally under rated. So I would love to see a 3rd and final installment…

  16. I enjoyed both but the first is my fav, I can watch it over and over, its just one of those films that you can watch repeatedly. :D

  17. I might be in the minority but I think Guillermo del Toro is vastly over-rated. Don’t get me wrong, he has a great imagination but as a director, I think he is dull. Both Hellboy movies were pretty cool for what they were but they weren’t box office hits to warrant a third movie. Like I said, I might be in the minority but thank the movie gods that Peter Jackson got to direct The Hobbit instead of Guillermo.

    • I think he’s great, but he keeps jumping ship, leaving fans disappointed.

    • I find it hard to call someone so unknown “overrated.” Most people I talk to have never heard of him. Even when I list his movies, I might get an “Oh yeah. I think I’ve heard of that one.” I’d say you need to be a lot mor popular than this and a lot more terrible to be overrated………. Michael Bay?

  18. Yes please! I need some more eyeball popping awesomeness.

  19. I’d take a thousand Devil’s Backbones over another Hellboy today. How about the 3rd movie in the Devil’s/Pan’s trilogy?

    Not that I have any major dislike for the Hellboy movies. It’s just obvious that the more freedom Del Toro has (ie little budget) the more unique he can make his pictures. Too big a budget + a pressure to adhere to the studio convention and make profit = formula. The guy behind Pan’s and Devil’s is the real Del Toro.

    • Cronos

  20. I hope this happens, I really do.

  21. i too say let them make a third film with an improved budget for sure. Both films were entertaining balancing nicely the action with humour.

    Blade II was an absolute masterpiece by the way, and I’ll argue with anyone who says otherwise.

  22. Hmm both Hellboys looked great but I found that they were rather long winded, Del Toros Spanish films are much better, I’m also glad he walked away from the Hobbit, no thanks to a Hellboy 3

  23. Pearlman is getting a bit long in the tooth. I doubt he has many more years where he could pull off the physical stress of the part. I’m sure most of the action is a double, but still just the costume while acting has to be a lot of stress for an older actor. I read recently it took around three hours just to get all made up like that…And then there’s the body shell…That can’t be fun fo very long…

  24. loved the first 2 hellboy movies hope it gets another one

  25. If you count the Hellboy animated movie: Blood and Iron from 2007 with the full cast as voices and del Toro as creative producer this would be number 4.

    • What about Sword of Storms?

  26. I’m a huge fan of the first two. I’d love to see a final installment to this story, which, as I’ve read, would be much darker and more epic than the first two. If this happens, it will be amazing.

  27. Oh yes please. I love Big Red.

  28. Bring it on!

  29. Can just follow all the other fellow commenter’s from above :