Any time director Guillermo del Toro has been asked if he’s planning on making a third installment in his Hellboy franchise over the last few years, his responses have not been encouraging. His general feeling is that there are just too many new and exciting things to do out there to go back to the Hellboy well for a third time. Seeing as Hellboy 2 has earned a lot of fans over the years, and there’s a great big, world-ending prophecy storyline that could be tackled in Hellboy 3, a lot of people have taken these comments as being a huge disappointment.
But news coming out of Comic-Con sees del Toro’s tune changed quite a bit in regards to another go-around with the red-skinned one. Entertainment Weekly got the director and Ron Perlman together to talk about their latest project, Pacific Rim, and he dropped this bomb on them, “I can say publicly that now we are together in trying (to do Hellboy 3).” This was something of a shocking statement, that Perlman fleshed out by adding, “The [first] two movies were really set up to have this unbelievable resolve. Everything that was done in both movies was leading up to this destiny, written in stone, of what Hellboy has been summoned to Earth to do. To not do it, particularly in light of the scope that Guillermo is thinking of for the resolve, would be in my mind a little bit of a shame.”
Promises of epic scope and satisfying resolutions are the best news ever, but why the sudden flip-flop in regards to revisiting this material again? It might have all stemmed from a good deed Perlman performed for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. When a boy battling leukemia recently contacted Hellboy’s makeup artist and requested to meet the big lout, Perlman decided that he would go through the painstaking makeup process one more time, in order to make the kid’s dream come true.
In addition to sounding like a heartwarming moment for everyone involved, Perlman’s work with the foundation seems to have made del Toro realize just how much his movies mean to a generation of children. He said of the incident, “I’ve encountered a lot of kids who are fans of the movies, but to hear the story of this kid who was watching the movies while going through treatment, it really just moved me a lot.” It sounds like this kid’s wish might have inadvertently led to the granting of a lot of people’s wishes and the start of work on Hellboy 3. If that’s the case, then we all owe him a big debt of gratitude. Now let’s see if we can get him to convince Nolan to make another Batman movie.