Clearly, one of the most memorable highlights of this year’s New York Comic-Con was Universal’s presentation for Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy II: The Golden Army, where Guillermo, Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and a good portion of the film’s cast–Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones and Luke Goss–showed up to present a new extended trailer for the movie that shows a lot more of Hellboy’s fights with Prince Nuada, his henchman Mr. Wink and the Golden Army. When the lights came up after the trailer was shown, the panelists were surrounded by nine of the wild and amazing creatures from the film’s Troll Market scene including Mr. Wink himself, some of which you can see in our New York Comic-Con Gallery.
ComingSoon.net/Superhero Hype! had a chance to talk with Guillermo a little before the panel about how progress was going on the second “Hellboy” movie, the prospects of making a potentially bigger third movie as well as where he was at with The Hobbit. Even though there are still a few legal issues to work out, which he thinks will allow an announcement in as little as four or five days, Del Toro is not taking challenges of making The Hobbit lightly, since the two movies that would act as prequels to Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy.
ComingSoon.net/Superhero Hype!: What we’ve seen so far has looked amazing. What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced in terms of getting what we saw on set last year to your original vision and what we’ve seen in the trailers?
CS/SHH!: So how far along are you on getting the movie done?
CS/SHH!: I’ve spoken to a few directors, and we’ve spoken about this, but one of the problems even when you have a bigger budget, the vision always gets bigger, so does that pose a problem?
CS/SHH!: If you have a chance to do a third “Hellboy” movie, do you expect you’d have to have an even bigger budget to do it?
CS/SHH!: Of course, there’s been a lot of talk about “The Hobbit” lately, but you have so many projects on the slate either in development or attached to. Are you ready to get involved something like that which is so big and time-consuming? Do you have other directors you want to line up to make these other movies?
CS/SHH!: Do you think you’d get involved with Peter on the writing of that?
CS/SHH!: What’s the most daunting thing with taking on a project of that size besides the time involved?
CS/SHH!: Do you think you’ll ever be able to go back to doing something like “The Devil’s Backbone”?
CS/SHH!: But do you think you’d be able to go back and do a smaller movie like that again?
(As we’d find out at the panel later that “small and crazy” thing might be his exploration of childhood and horror which he’s been working on for a few years, something called “Saturn and the End of Days,” about a young boy named “Saturn” watching the Rapture and Apocalypse on the way back and forth to the grocery store. Essentially, he wants to explore how the end of the world might be viewed while someone is just going about your everyday life doing errands. “Nothing big happens except the entire world is being swallowed in a vortex of fire,” Del Toro told the rapt audience of his fans at the panel. “It’s a small movie, but I assure you that one I am just doing that I know that if everything fails and everything goes wrong that I’ll be doing a small movie that I fully control and that no one else will do for sure.”)
Hellboy II: The Golden Army opens on July 11 and look for more of our interviews with the movie’s cast in the next few days.