Even Ron Perlman Is Starting to Give Up on Hellboy 3

Monday, 07 March 2016 - 4:21PM
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Monday, 07 March 2016 - 4:21PM
Even Ron Perlman Is Starting to Give Up on Hellboy 3
No one has been a bigger proponent for a third Hellboy movie than Ron Perlman. The actor has been vocal about his love for the films and the character, and has rallied fans time and time again to show their support for an ending to the planned trilogy. But now, it seems that even Perlman is starting to lose hope, as he recently stated that it would "probably never happen."

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"[It] probably will never happen," Perlman told Variety, "though you never say never never."
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It was always a very, very long shot for Hellboy to get made. Similar to Guillermo Del Toro's Pacific Rim, neither film was a huge box office success, but rather became cult hits and performed well in DVD sales. But now that the landscape has changed, and people are more likely to download movies than buy the DVDs, that's not much of a selling point to the studios. 

Still, it's stings to hear Perlman say that, especially since he's been the sole voice of optimism. He first launched a Twitter campaign last year, and has since said that they were "obligated" to make a third film, and shared plot details on the planned third film:


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"I know that Hellboy 3 was designed to resolve the dilemma of whether the beast of the apocalypse would live up to his oracle, his destiny, of destroying mankind," he said in June of last year. "Or whether the beast we've seen nurtured all these years, to use his immense superpowers to protect mankind. Which one would win out? The destiny part is non-negotiable. So, something dramatic has to happen in the third Hellboy movie, to see which one prevails."
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But, for those of you who are still keeping hope alive, Perlman gave slightly conflicting statements to THR, and claimed that he would "never ever give up hope":

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"I never ever give up hope on something that is as good an idea as this. I've spent a lot of political capital on this because I think it's important. It has to do with the fact that it's a trilogy. We've asked an audience on two occasions to buy into Hellboy, and it was set up to have its promised ending. So we are obligated as filmmakers to give it to the audience. I don't care if it's an $8 million indie film, let's just finish the trilogy. I know what Guillermo [del Toro] has in his head for the third film, and it's bad-ass."
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There's a slight possibility that the massive success of Deadpool will inspire studios to take a few more risks with their superhero properties, but somehow I doubt it. Like Pacific Rim 2, Hellboy will probably always be a long shot, but we can still dream, and it looks like Perlman will be dreaming along with us.
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