Ron Perlman is turning 72 this year. I hope I’m still going like he is when I’m 72. Age means nothing to him, it is especially not getting in the way of making Hellboy 3 with director Guillermo del Toro.
The first Hellboy came out in 2004 and grossed just under $100 million and then the sequel, Hellboy 2: The Golden Army in 2008 grossed $168 million. With production budgets between $60 million and $90 million, they weren’t quite profitable enough and the studio pulled the plug on a trilogy.
Hellboy fans have been waiting now 14 years for Perlman and Del Toro to team up and make Hellboy 3. Perlman spoke to The Independent this month and said that the third movie was long overdue.
“Am I eager to do Hellboy 3? No, I’m 71 fucking years old.
[But] we owe this to the fans, and we should give it to them because it would be an epic conclusion. So Guillermo, if you’re reading, I’m not done pounding you to get this fucking thing done.”
Sounds like he’s up for it and I’m guessing he gets asked a lot by the fans.
In 2019, Hellboy was rebooted, but without Perlman or Del Toro involved. Neil Marshall, known for The Descent directed. Stranger Things favorite David Harbour took on the main role. The movie cost $50 million to make and only grossed $55 million worldwide.
In 2020, Perlman told CBM that he turned down a role in the reboot because of loyalty to Del Toro.
“The reboot was something I had the opportunity to participate in and decided that the only version of ‘Hellboy’ I’m interested in is the one I do with Guillermo.
So in walking away from it, I truly walked away from it, and haven’t seen it or heard much about it. I wished them well, but it was not in my bailiwick.”
David Harbour blames the fan loyalty to Perlman and Del Toro for the reboot bombing at the box office:
“I think it failed before we began shooting because I think that people didn’t want us to make the movie.
Guillermo del Toro and Ron Perlman created this iconic thing that we thought could be reinvented and then [fans] certainly — the loudness of the internet was like, ‘We do not want you to touch this.’ People were just very very against it and that’s people’s right.”
Del Toro is a busy man at the moment, doing the advertising for Nightmare Alley. His new animated version of Pinocchio, due out on Netflix in December.
If Del Toro were to direct Hellboy 3, sounds like Perlman is up for it.