Ron Perlman: Fans Shouldn't Have to Crowdfund 'Hellboy 3'


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.

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