The mission to complete the Hellboy trilogy continues. It has been eight years since Hellboy II: The Golden Army came out, but some of the creative team, namely Ron Perlman, are still trying to get the third installment off the ground. Now, according to Perlman, he is actually working on Hellboy 3.
Ron Perlman recently took to his Twitter account to give those of us who want to see Hellboy 3 some hope. Even though it seems like pretty much everyone else needed to make another Hellboy movie, especially Guillermo Del Toro, are busy and not ready to get to work on it, Ron Perlman claims that he is indeed working on Hellboy 3, even if nobody else is. Here is what he had to say about it.
"I'm working on another Hellboy movie. Nobody else is. But I sure am!"
This is not even close to the first time that Ron Perlman has teased his desire to get Hellboy 3 made. In the past couple of years, the actor has repeatedly tried to generate some traction for the project, starting hashtags on Twitter to generate fan support and constantly willing to discuss the potential for the movie. At one point, he said that he doesn't actually want to make the movie, given that it is a pain to put on all of the makeup required to become Hellboy, but he feels that they have an obligation to finish the story. Guillermo Del Toro has become exceedingly busy in the years since Hellboy II: The Golden Army came out and it is hard to imagine Hellboy 3 getting made without him, so that is no doubt going to be one of the major challenges in getting the movie made, but there are many other issues to overcome.
The first two Hellboy movies were slightly ahead of the curve in terms of the comic book adaptation boom in Hollywood. The first Hellboy was well received by critics at the time but didn't break the bank at the box office, earning just shy of $100 million on a $66 million budget back in 2004. Hellboy II: The Golden Army fared better in every way. The movie currently sits at a very respectable 85 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and it made $160 million from an $85 million budget. While that still isn't what most studios would want in terms of a return on investment, the movie has gained a large following since it left theaters and given the interest in comic book movies at the moment, a third Hellboy movie could do very well.
Ron Perlman says he is working on Hellboy 3 and we want to believe him, but he could just be telling a fan what he wants to hear to a degree. Not only that, but Perlman isn't getting any younger and a movie like Hellboy 3 would be very demanding, so Guillermo Del Toro and everyone else would need to try and get to work sooner rather than later. That seems less likely with every passing day, but Ron Perlman won't stop giving us hope.