Exclusive: Could Hellboy 3 Find a Home at Legendary? *Updated*

Guillermo del Toro and Ron Perlman sat down with Legendary Pictures head Thomas Tull last night, a break from the San Francisco-based weekend press tour for Pacific Rim.  

Del Toro told me this morning, during our one-on-one chat, that Perlman brought up the prospect of Hellboy 3.  “I hate giving pieces about it, but last night, we were at dinner and Ron said, ‘I would be very happy to do Hellboy again, when are we doing Hellboy 3?’  Thomas [Tull] said, ‘I would love to see Hellboy 3.’  He didn’t say he would love to do it he just said he’d like to see it, but today, I’ll ask him.”

Later this morning, we spoke with Perlman agreed Legendary would be a great home for the final chapter in the Hellboy legacy.

Ron Perlman Demands a Third Hellboy Film

Although extremely early plans for a third Hellboy film were teased last summer, nothing definitive has, as of yet, materialized. Today, in conversation with IGN, leading man Ron Perlman reaffirms his belief that a new adventure should hit the big screen sooner rather than later.

“[Del Toro and I] both walked away from ‘Hellboy 2’ agreeing that there would never be another one,” he says. “But, with the passage of time, it became clear to me that he really always designed it as a trilogy. [Guillermo] has a very well-articulated idea of what the resolve would look like and it’s amazingly theatrical and is epic in scope and would make for amazing cinema, with or without the first two movies.”

Guillermo del Toro Inspired to Make Hellboy 3 a Reality

With the way Hellboy 2 ended, well, you definitely expected a sequel.  

Yes, the sequel’s main story was tied up, but Hellboy’s life on a personal level was going to take an interesting turn.  Further, HB was careening towards a certain destiny that director Guillermo del Toro always considered “dark.”

After Hellboy 2 was released, grossing $75 million domestically ($84 million overseas), Del Toro seemed less enthusiastic about the notion of a third entry.  One could speculate that perhaps he wasn’t thrilled by the second film’s performance – or the studio’s desire for a threequel.  Then again, even if he wanted do Hellboy 3 – where would he fit it into his busy schedule?

But after a recent Make a Wish function, in which Ron Perlman took on the Hellboy guise one more time (read about that here), it appears things might be turning around for Hellboy 3.