Hellboy 3 on the way?
I just saw “Hellboy 2” tonight for the first time. I wasn’t planning on seeing this one; I had planned on setting a comic book movie quota for myself this summer, but plans change, and I wound up going to the late show.
And I’m glad I did. Guillermo del Toro reaffirmed his spot on top of the monster movie genre. If he keeps growing and taking visual risks as a director, he could end up as one of the greatest directors of all time. I just hope that, with the success of the “Hellboy” franchise and his eventual helming of the “Hobbit” franchise, he doesn’t forget his routes. I absolutely loves “Pan’s Labyrinth,” and it would be a shame for him to solely focus on these big-budget Hollywood films.
I’m not going to post a review about “Hellboy 2,” though, because I kind of missed the ball on that one. Suffice to say, it was a good popcorn movie with some amazingly stunning visuals. The monsters (especially the live-action puppet ones) are among the best in cinema history. It’s definitely worth seeing.
Anyways, onto the real news. Like any good movie blogger, I immediately came home and looked up the film I had just seen, and much to my surprise, there was talk not about del Toro’s “Hobbit” reboots or the rmored “Frankenstein” picture — it’s on “Hellboy 3,” the tentative end (at least according to imagined del Toro’s story arc) and inevitable summer Blockbuster after seeing how well the second one did at the box office. This Ron Perlman quote is from IGN:
I know Guillermo has a very compelling idea for how to end the trilogy and I hope he gets the chance to tell it and I hope he gets the chance to do it exactly as he wants to do it, and that’s all I can say about that. I don’t know. I’m not privy to anything, because we didn’t want to start counting our chickens before they hatched. So none of those discussions have ever been had. We just talk about what we’re gonna eat together and have dinner and stuff like that.
The article also said the project is most likely years away (if it’s coming) because of del Toro’s involvement with the “Hobbit,” but I think if del Toro has what he thinks is a fitting end to the series, I think the studio execs owe it to him to finish it out. After how much he ramped up the Monster Making for the sequel, I can’t even imagine what he’d put together for the third one — he’ll pull out all the stops, I’m sure.
This was a franchise I had my heart set on not getting into. The first time I saw a trailer for the first one, I thought it looked ridiculous and tacky, but lo and behold, here I am getting excited about a third “Hellboy” that could be three, four years away. Del Toro’s done a great job putting these together, and I’m all for seeing him do another.