Guillermo del Toro on 'Haunted Mansion,' Shoots Down 'Hellboy 3'
With his latest TV endeavor "The Strain" hitting FX last night, director, writer and producer Guillermo del Toro took time recently to participate in a Reddit AMA, and as you might expect, he was asked about some of his developing projects that have been discussed for years. We know that del Toro is busy with Crimson Peak, but is planning a small black & white film before diving into Pacific Rim 2, but he's got plenty more on his plate. While there was good news for his long-gestating adaptation of Disney's iconic theme park ride The Haunted Mansion, there's not-so-good news for anyone still holding out for Hellboy 3. Read on!
When asked about Hellboy 3, del Toro sadly told everyone:
"Well, you know, we don't have [Hellboy 3] on the horizon, but the idea for it was to have Hellboy finally come to terms with the fact that his destiny, his inevitable destiny, is to become the beast of the Apocalypse, and having him and Liz face the sort of, that part of his nature, and he has to do it, in order to be able to ironically vanquish the foe that he has to face in the 3rd film. He has to become the best of the Apocalypse to be able to defend humanity, but at the same time he becomes a much darker being. It's a very interesting ending to the series, but I don't think it will happen."
At the very least, people know where the story was going. It's a shame that a film like this is probably too big for fans to help out by way of Kickstarter or something like that. Maybe if del Toro gets butts into the seats for the other movies a studio will let him do Hellboy 3 as a favor. But even if that were a possibility, del Toro is just insanely busy. And part of his work has still be focused on The Haunted Mansion, which doesn't have a greenlight yet, but still seems to be in the cards:
"Well, I spent 2 weeks ago, I went back to Disneyland with the executives with whom I am developing the screenplay. It’s a hard screenplay to crack. We’ve done it a few times. We are on our third or fourth draft, with 2 different writing teams, and I think the main thing is to try to combine everything that is great about the ride into the movie, and to make it a really intense but with a sense of fun – just like the ride. It’s a tough balance, and I would be happy to report if we had the screenplay. We always feel like we are very close, but not yet. We have developed 50-60 pieces of art, We’ve developed maquettes of the Hat Box Ghost, over the body and face of Doug Jones, but we have not succeeded yet in cracking the screenplay. I have to believe that Disney will make this movie as soon as we crack the screenplay, but until then we cannot tackle it."
As for directing the film, del Toro thinks he'll probably be too busy, but that doesn't mean he's ruling out being at the helm. The filmmaker says, "It is a movie I would love to direct, but I would be happy to just produce it if the timing is not right." And with Pacific Rim 2 set for 2017, the next few years are already packed for del Toro, so we'll see just how quickly The Haunted Mansion comes together, whether he's directing or just producing. In the meantime, del Toro has his next horror film Crimson Peak slated to be released on October 16th, 2015. Here's hoping we find out more about that film soon.