The Studios Have No Interest in Third Hellboy Movie

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The Studios Have No Interest in Third Hellboy MovieDuring a recent AMA chat with Guillermo del Toro on Reddit, the prolific director offered an update on the long talked about Hellboy III. The long and short of it? It’s not good. Read on for details.

“The idea for [Hellboy III] was to have Hellboy finally come to terms with the fact that his destiny, his inevitable destiny, is to become the beast of the Apocalypse and having him and Liz face… that part of his nature, and he has to do it, in order to be able to ironically vanquish the foe that he has to face in the 3rd film.”

“He has to become the beast of the Apocalypse to be able to defend humanity, but at the same time he becomes a much darker being. It’s a very interesting ending to the series, but I don’t think it will happen.

“We have gone through basically every studio and asked for financing, and they are not interested. Creatively, I would love to make it. Creatively. But it [has] proven almost impossible to finance. Not from MY side, but from the studio side. If I was a multimillionaire, I would finance it myself, but I spend all my money on rubber monsters.”

Well, shit.

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  • DeadInHell

    I don’t find it hard to believe that the films didn’t find an audience, I find it plainly false. There obviously is an audience for this series, and it has only grown since the first film. What is hard to believe is that no studio is interested in funding this film. Hellboy 2 was a much bigger hit than the first, bringing in $160 million worldwide. It’s no transformers, but that’s still a solid return on an $80 million budget. Far better than Hellboy, which made only $99 million on a budget of $66. How is it that Hellboy’s dismal performance demanded a sequel and yet the strong performance of Hellboy 2 has led to the franchise getting the cold shoulder from studios? It doesn’t make sense.

    Less successful films (both critically and financially) get sequels all the time. I don’t understand why this one is a no-go.

  • kiddcapone

    Del Toro’s full of shit. His definition of “multimillionaire” must be different than mine because I see his net worth estimated at 40 million in 2013. And I have a sneaky suspicion The Strain and Pacific Rim 2 is going to earn him a few extra bucks in the near future.

    I’m not saying he should finance it, that would be stupid, I just hate people being disingenuous in order to placate the fanbase.

  • LSD Zombie

    I still find it hard to believe that the Hellboy series never gained traction with a large audience. From a formula standpoint, those two movies have everything an audience could want; like humor, adventure, romance, a unique lead character, and really cool monsters. I just don’t get it…….

    • MonsterMash

      You just answered your own question- you used the word unique. The crowd that regularly shows up for unique stuff is a very small group.