Hellboy 3 has been riding the pre-production train since Hellboy 2: The Golden Army wrapped up in 2008, with director Guillermo del Toro and actor Ron Perlman (AKA Hellboy) both tied up in numerous projects. Perlman has obviously been riding dirty with the Sons of Anarchy on FX and Guillermo has directed Pacific Rim, The Strain on FX, and has Crimson Peak set for release in October, which we are extremely excited for.
There has been a lot of speculation on the state of Hellboy 3 and whether it will ever see the light of day. Del Toro claimed that he won’t even be able to make it unless Pacific Rim 2 is successful in 2017. Still, that’s not stopping Ron Perlman from dishing out details on the final installment of the ill-fated trilogy.
On the Empire Podcast, Ron Perlman rehashed specifics from a conversation he had with Del Toro, going over how Hellboy would tackle the end of the world:
“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.”
Perlman also addressed Hellboy and Liz Sherman’s (Selma Blair) kids and how they’d work themselves into part 3:
“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.”
Hellboy 3 seems to have the deck stacked against it, from its high production costs to the fact that its popularity may dwindle too low the longer we wait for it. If Perlman and Del Toro’s convo is any indicator of where the franchise will head, I think it will be amazing, I just hope to see it in my lifetime.