Hellboy and its sequel, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, while critically successful, were not necessarily big commercial successes to boot.The films – based on Mike Mignola’s comic book of the same name – followed the exploits of Hellboy and his oddball teammates as they fought the forces of darkness and try to save the world.
Hellboy 3 is the much-anticipated final chapter of director Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy trilogy, but because Golden Army wasn’t a runway hit at the box office (having grossed $160 million worldwide on an $85 million budget, not counting marketing), the threequel is mostly just a pipe dream at this point. Star Ron Perlman – the man behind the Hellboy makeup – recently spoke out about his frustrations over the film’s lack of momentum and his thoughts on possibly crowdfunding the project.
Speaking to Digital Spy at the 55th Festival De Télévision De Monte-Carlo, Perlman said that while there’s no news about the status of the film, he still very much wants to reprise his role as Hellboy. That said, the project needs to happen “sooner rather than later” or else he’ll have to play Hellboy “out of a wheelchair.” Perlman also discussed his reluctance to go the crowdfunding route because he doesn’t “feel it’s the fans job to fund a movie.”
While it’s nice of Ron Perlman to think of fans’ wallets, it’s also worth pointing out that you almost certainly couldn’t fund a film like Hellboy with Kickstarter or IndieGogo. The biggest geek movie to get crowdfunded so far was Veronica Mars, and that was in part due to its minuscule budget. Mars, for the most part, just a movie about a lady asking questions. Hellboy 3, on the other hand, would be an effects-heavy supernatural action/superhero blockbuster. The first one cost $66 million and the second one cost $85 million. Crowdfunding is just out of the question.
Recently, Perlman – along with co-stars Doug Jones and Selma Blair – took to Twitter to bolster support for the project.
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
Amen big red. https://t.co/x3t3UDDUAb— Selma Blair (@SelmaBlair) June 4, 2015
Perlman told Digital Spy he was “surprised” and “humbled” by the feedback he received from fans (one of his tweets received 20,000 retweets and 15,000 favorites). It’s possible vocal fan support like this could get the ball rolling on Hellboy 3, but don’t hold your breath. The money people know that the Hellboy franchise has cult support. They’ve known for a long time. And so far, it hasn’t been enough for the film to get a green light.
That said, there’s no reason to give up all hope. All the key players want to make the movie a reality, and with oddball team-up films like Guardians of the Galaxy making all kinds of money, it’s always possible Hellboy 3 could get bumped up just by virtue of being similar.
What do you think, Screen Rant readers? Do you want to see Hellboy 3 in theaters?
Stay tuned for more news on Hellboy 3 as it becomes available.
Source: Digital Spy