I bet Universal’s pretty happy with itself right now for stepping in when Sony couldn’t be bothered with the Hellboy franchise. Guillermo del Toro’s “>Hellboy II: The Golden Army (review) kicked some serious ass at the box office this weekend, to the tune of $35.9 million.
Personally I couldn’t be happier. The movie is amazing on pretty much every level, full of fantastic action, great monsters, believable characters, and the first-ever fishman/demon singing duet! This marks the largest opening for del Toro to date, beating out Blade II by a large margain, and is a comfortable $12 million higher than the original Hellboy.
Of course, all this means a very, very badass Hellboy II DVD is on its way. “We start the DVD the day the screenplay gets approved,” del Toro told Home Media Magazine. “Javier Soto and I, we’ve been working on the DVD since day zero. He was there the first day we opened the offices. He has been documenting every step of the movie.”
While we can expect a ton of extras on the eventual release, one thing we won’t be seeing is a longer cut of the film. “I think scenes that don’t work sometimes are good scenes or bad scenes, but they are taken out, and learning why they were taken out is very useful,” the director continued. “As you direct and as you work, sometimes the most beautiful shot is the one that gets in the way of the storytelling, so you end up taking it out. I think it’s good schooling to know that. That crane that you spent half a day choreographing and beautiful Hitchcockian push-in, that’s the one you have to cut out. It’s nice for kids to learn that.”
So does all this success mean we actually will be seeing Hellboy III? Hopefully the answer it “yes”, but del Toro’s got to work on some smaller films first; something called The Hobbit or something like that. Stay tuned for news when we hear it!
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