Guillermo del Toro Explains Why You'll Never See Hellboy III

By Josh Tyler 2010-08-18 16:20:21discussion comments
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Guillermo del Toroís passion for the Hellboy universe is well known. Heís so passionate about it he got two amazing Hellboy movies made, almost by sheer force of will alone. Audiences never really flocked to them the way they should have, but Del Toro made them, and made them great anyway. So itís no surprise that he recently told MTV heíd love to do Hellboy III, but even he has his limits and itís probably safe to assume itíll never happen.

The thing is, people just wonít see them. Hellboy II wasnít a Scott Pilgrim sized flop by any means, but both Hellboy movies just barely managed to earn back their budgets using international markets as a crutch. After two barely profitable movies heís going to have a harder time than ever getting funding for a third one, and even if he could get it, the place Del Toro wants to take the character for the third movie is probably a place heíll never be allowed to go.
Del Toro explains, ďthe heartbreak for me is that I know how it ends and I don't know if I want to see that ending.Ē Obviously heís talking about killing off the character. But Hellboy creator Mike Mignola isnít exactly on board with the idea. He says, ďAnd hereís where we have the big conflict. My version of Hellboy in the comics is a finite story, but itís going to take me 15 years to get to the ending. If he makes ĎHellboy IIIí and itís the death of Hellboy, Iím left doing the comic going, ĎBut Iím not done yet.íĒ That makes a lot of sense.

Even if Mignola and Del Toro could sync up and even if Del Toro managed to get the money, thereís still Ron Perlman who maybe doesnít want to get back under all that makeup. Guillermo says of Perlman, ďhe's doing 'Sons of Anarchy' without makeup. He's spoiled! He likes to be the big cheese without the makeup session.Ē

Short version: No Hellboy III. No big deal. After his abrupt departure from The Hobbit, Guillermo del Toro fans are getting used to disappointment.
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