Hellboy 3 has for a long time now been in a state of pre-production limbo, with both director Guillermo del Toro and actor Ron Perlman having been pulled away from the project while pursuing other films and TV shows alike. From 2008 to 2013, Perlman kept himself busy with his work on FX's series Sons of Anarchy; at the same time, del Toro continued told deliver his fans original feature films like Pacific Rim and The Strain on TV, while also shooting Crimson Peak (for release this fall).
While there has been plenty of speculation from various members of the cast regarding the state of a sequel to 2008's Hellboy II: The Golden Army, del Toro says that his third Hellboy feature will only be made if Pacific Rim 2 is a success in 2017. Still, such a caveat hasn't stopped Perlman from continuing to hype (and discuss plot points for) a film that might never come to pass.
On the official Empire podcast, Perlman talked a few specific Hellboy 3 outlined by del Toro over a recent dinner table discussion the pair had - regarding how the film would examine the end of the world, as Hellboy is meant to bring about. In conversation, Perlman commented (again) on the uncompleted nature of the franchise as it stands:
"Holy shit, he's the beast of the Apocalypse. He has to take down civilisation. He has to. It's non-negotiable. That's the foundation for the story, and that's why I think it would be a shame if we don't do it.I really feel as though I'm done with the character. I don't have a burning desire to put that shit on again. But Guillermo told me what the resolve of the trilogy would look like, in broad strokes, and it's such an amazingly theatrical, cinematic idea, that I found it essential that we do it. We were designed to be a trilogy, with a beginning, a middle and an end. We've only done two-thirds, so I feel that we're not really done until we finish it."
While Perlman has become notorious for talking a big game in the past regarding the state of Hellboy 3, what the actor had to say next about the last film in the would-be trilogy as detailed by del Toro - concerning Big Red's two children with Liz Sherman (Selma Blair) - is enticing, to say the least:
"I'll tell you this. The two twins: One would look like the mum and one would look like the dad. And one of them was going to be completely fucking corrupt, the other one angelic. Which one was which? Only Guillermo would make the fucked-up-looking one be the angel. So then that adds to the saga."
At this point and time, everything said about Hellboy 3 must be taken with more than a few grains of salt. Indeed, the film's ultimate fate has been held under such intense scrutiny - with little to nothing in the way of official statements, regarding financial backing from any major studio that might be willing to fund the film's high production costs (if del Toro is to be believed).
That is to say: it's hard to take anything too seriously about the nature of Hellboy 3 as a completed production, regardless of the enthusiasm held for the project by Perlman and del Toro. Until one or the other of them can do more than speculate on where the film might go (and why it needs to be made), it might be better for all parties involved to sit tight and wait for more definitive plans to take shape. The fires of fan anticipation and excitement seem plenty high, as they currently stand.
Meanwhile, we'll continue to bring you news and updates on Hellboy 3 as they come our way.