by Brett White
Fans have been anxiously waiting for a new Hellboy film to follow up 2008’s “Hellboy II: The Golden Army.” Anticipation has been justifiably increasing, as Marvel’s superhero Renaissance has flourished since Hellboy’s last trek on-screen and director Guillermo Del Toro has gone on to enjoy a higher profile. But original Hellboy creator Mike Mignola recently stated in an interview with Comic Book Resources that a third film just isn’t in the cards.
While trying to explain the comic book “Hellboy In Hell’s” numbering scheme, Mignola said, “The biggest problem I see as far as PR for the next billion years is explaining endlessly not only that there’s no ’Hellboy 3’ movie, but it’s going to be explaining ’It’s a series, but it’s not a monthly series.’
It doesn’t get more definitive about that. Of course Mignola could be over simplifying the situation with “Hellboy 3,” or he could be stating what is the matter-of-fact truth. Either way, the words are right there: “there’s no ’Hellboy 3’ movie.”
2004’s “Hellboy” was a surprise success for a film not based on a popular superhero property. The Dark Horse Comics character then received a sequel in 2008. Del Toro has gone on the record as wanting a third installment, stating back in October that the biggest hurdle was finding money.
“It’s hard to find who finances it,” he explained. “It’s the biggest chapter of the three movies. Hellboy becomes the beast of the apocalypse. We’ve inquired, but so far, if you know a rich uncle with $130 million…”
UPDATE: Mike Mignola is interested in another Hellboy film, and goes into detail about the problems holding the film back here.
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