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The Hellboy film series is one that has developed a sort-of cult following since the release of the first film in 2004. There is something about Guillermo del Toro’s hyper-stylized take on the Dark Horse Comics character that many people can’t help but love. The 2004 film’s sequel, Hellboy II: The Golden Army was released in 2008 with talk of a third film following closely after. However, that third film never came about. Why was that? Is it still happening?
To put it bluntly, chances are, we’re not going to see a Hellboy III. Unfortunately, the film has faced a few too many issues in its development stage. There’s one thing that’s really holding it back, and it might not be what you expect.
First off, are people even interested in seeing a third Hellboy film? Yes. They are. In fact, the lack of a Hellboy film for almost ten years now has people really wondering where the next installment is. A lot of people absolutely love the Hellboy films and would do anything to see a continuation of that franchise. I’m still surprised by the amount of people that have actually seen the Hellboy films. If you haven’t you should definitely do that. The first one is on Netflix, and you can find the second one on a variety of digital streaming services.
What about the party involved? Fans may want to see it, but if the people making the movie don’t want to do it then it definitely won’t happen. Fortunately, that’s not an issue with this project. In fact, the biggest cheerleader to make a Hellboy III is probably Guillermo del Toro himself. He’s been talking about it almost non-stop since the last film that came out. Hellboy star Ron Perlman has also been pushing for a sequel. Perlman once even went as far to say “I, for one, would love to see how the Trilogy resolves itself. And I will fight for Hellboy III as long as my cold dead hands are not cold and dead.”
So, if fans want to see it, and the people behind it want to make it, what’s the holdup? Well, as it is with far too many projects, the film has fallen victim to what is known as “Development Hell”, meaning there are too many kinks that just can’t be worked out. The biggest of which deals with the financials of the first two films. They were both decently successful at the box office. The first made just shy of $100 million globally on a $60 million budget, and The Golden Army pulled in $160 million on a $75 million budget. Unfortunately, with the spectacle increasing with each film, the third chapter in the series would probably be much more expensive to produce than the first two. Studios aren’t willing to dish out that kind of money on a project that isn’t a huge guaranteed success, especially if it’s true that del Toro wants a $200 million budget for the third chapter.
Is Hellboy III ever going to happen? Probably not. According to a tweet about a month ago from director Guillermo del Toro himself, “Hellboy 3 Sorry to report: Spoke w all parties. Must report that 100% the sequel will not happen. And that is to be the final thing about it.” Despite what del Toro says, nothing is 100% in Hollywood, however, the chances of Hellboy III not happening are about as close to it as you can get. Never say never, but we’re most likely not going to see it. Maybe some studio will see fit to reboot the franchise sometime, but not in the way fans want, unfortunately.
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