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In today's film world, every project has the possibility of getting a sequel, but one series that has been up in the air since 2008 has been Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy. The first two movies are loved by both fans of the comic and the director, yet many obsticles have stood in the way, particularly the back and forth between del Toro and star Ron Perlman about the intense make-up process. Judging from a recent interview, however, time may have healed some wounds.
io9 recently spoke with the actor and asked what it would take to get him back in the make-up chair, to which Perlman said that they'd just have to convince del Toro to make the film. Comparing the schtick between him and the director to comedies greatest duos, like Laurel and Hardy, Martin and Lewis, or Abbott and Costello, Perlman revealed that the filming of Hellboy II was an arduous process that left both "very tired and very beat up." With the time that has past, though, he's realized that the idea behind the final film in the trilogy needs to be made. When asked about what the idea involved, Perlman said,
The only thing I can share with you is we have this demon who is a victim of this Oracle, which is not negotiable. He's been summoned to the Earth for the destruction of mankind, and that's non-negotiable. This whole notion that his nature, is the demon of destruction — against the way he's been nurtured by his father, John Hurt's character, to be kind and in the service of mankind. Those things are going to be in play in the third one. Then of course you have Liz pregnant with twins at the end of the second film. So you don't know what those two offspring are going to be? Are they going to be more human? Are they going to be more demon? Are they going to be a combination of the two? And how is that going to play out, in terms of Hellboy's destiny. Which I say again is non-negotiable. So that's the backdrop for the third film. And everything will be resolved, all these open-ended questions will finally be resolved. I don't know how, he didn't give me those details. But that's the backdrop for it.
Given the way the second film ended, it would be a crime if a third film was never made. While the film wasn't an absolute blockbuster (it came in $10 million below budget in its domestic run), it made $16 million more than the first film and was loved by critics. While I have no problem with Guillermo del Toro making At The Mountains of Madness his next film, I hope he can dedicate himself to finishing the trilogy.