While the first two Hellboy films were met with fairly positive fan and critical reactions, the box office hasn’t really been behind them — at lest not enough to justify spending cash on a third film. The first one was produced on a $66 million budget, and made just short of $100 million. Taking into account marketing, it’s likely this one only made the most meager of profits following the home release. Hellboy II: The Golden Army fared a bit better, making $160 million on an $85 million budget. Again, not great, but not bad.
For nearly a decade, fans have asked for a third Hellboy film. They’ve brought it up to del Toro himself, and they brought it up to actor Ron Perlman, who plays Hellboy in the movies. But of course, the responses to those requests have pretty much been the same: “We’re trying. We’ll see.” If a Hellboy III is to work, they’d need to guarantee it’d do better than the first two, and while the enthusiasm is great for the project, it helps no one is only ten thousand passionate fans are willing to see it.
After years of pushing for a sequel, even Perlman seemed to have given up on the prospect of a third movie. Well, in true GDT form, del Toro has taken to social media to inspire enthusiasm for the project. On Wednesday, the filmmaker put out a call to fans to take action, and show their support.
Earlier on Thursday, del Toro checked back in, confirming that the requested one hundred thousand responders had made their voices known, and as such, he would set up a meeting with Perlman and Hellboy artist Mike Mignola, presumably to set things in motion for Hellboy III. Del Toro was careful to promise nothing, for at the end of the day, there’s only so much that can be down without funding, but this is the first real momentum the project has had in nearly a decade.
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SOURCE: Guillermo del Toro