Comic Book Creator Mike Mignola Says 'Hellboy 3' is Not Happening
Here's some potentially disappointing news. Comic book creator Mike Mignola, the man behind the devilish red hero Hellboy, seems to think that the possibility of seeing Hellboy 3 is non-existent. Speaking with Comic Book Resources (via Comic Book Movie), Mignola was talking about the new comic book run Hellboy in Hell, and mentioned that aside from the difficulty in explaining the release pattern for the book, the other public relations deal that he'll have to continually deal with is that "there's no Hellboy 3 movie." However, we're betting that he might just be a little shortsighted in this particular situation. More below!
One would think that the comic creator would be in the know with things like this, but that's not always the case. While del Toro would certainly be consulting Mignola if there was a movie happening, the fact that there isn't one right now or solid plans for one in the next couple years, doesn't mean that it won't happen at all. After all, both del Toro and star Ron Perlman said that they were always trying to figure out how to make the third and likely final film in the series come to fruition. More recently, this past October, del Toro told MTV, "It's hard to find who finances it. It's the biggest chapter of the three movies. Hellboy becomes the beast of the apocalypse. We've inquired, but so far, if you know a rich uncle with $130 million…"
Honestly, since Hellboy isn't exactly a runaway hit, it's not surprising that finding money to do a film with a larger scale might be hard to do. Maybe the success of Pacific Rim could change things and get people more excited about another del Toro directed installment of Hellboy. Either way, the project would be many years away with all that del Toro has on his place, including another comic book property in the form of Justice League Dark. I'd say there's a 50/50 shot that we'll ever see Hellboy 3, but I definitely wouldn't get my hopes up. Hopefully del Toro and Perlman can prove Mignola wrong sometime down the road.
Reader Feedback - 30 Comments
A world without Hellboy 3 would really suck.
Nick on Apr 8, 2013
I think we can assume now that Ethan's job is "Spin". Mignola want's to do Hellboy in Hell comics finished(he's been semi away from Hellboy), Del Toro has a lot to do next years. The movie will happen, just not in 2013/14. From 2002-2004, they spent over $43,000,000(!!) on (prints and) advertizing leading up to the first release of Hellboy. I'm not sure what they spent on the second one, I heard 2/3($28million?) of that of the first one. That's a fucking huge sum to spend on film marketing; they have planned more and Hellboy is now a well established character. And no, Hellboy didn't bring in Transformers money at the box office, but it brought in a ransom, and did extremely well on home video. No worries, Hellboy 3 will come one day.
David Banner on Apr 9, 2013
Still pissed at the dumbasses that released Hellboy 2 a week before The Dark Knight. If it was released Halloween weekend it would have killed.
si1ver on Apr 9, 2013
Xerxexx on Apr 8, 2013
How many times does he have to say this? This isn't news. And I'm glad it's not happening. Del Toro's Hellboy was terrible.
Anung Un Rama on Apr 8, 2013
I'm inclined to disagree. Hellboy one was mediocre and hellboy two was pretty darn good.
Jon Odishaw on Apr 8, 2013
Helloboy one is... ok, being generous, 2 is garbage, And both are just insulting to the comic. No 3 is fantastic news, now let's just reboot this and try to make it like the comic this time.
Alexander Nicholas Calvo on Apr 8, 2013
Both Hellboy films were great.
Chris Groves on Apr 8, 2013
I am with you Chris Groves. I loved both HELLBOY films.
DAVIDPD on Apr 8, 2013
Carpola on Apr 8, 2013
SAGA. on Apr 8, 2013
I agree. The H films did not match the greatness of the comics. REBOOT!
Mar-Vel on Apr 8, 2013
Sycophantic Sockdrawer on Apr 8, 2013
Zak Coleman on Apr 8, 2013
I think that after Pacific Rim becomes one of the biggest(if not THE biggest) hits of the year, and 'The Strain' finds loads of success on television...that everyone is going to want to greenlight whatever Guillermo Del Toro wants to make, whether its Pacific Rim 2, Dark Universe, Hellboy 3 or At The Mountains of Madness.
Chris Groves on Apr 8, 2013
Pacific rim is probably going to fall on its ass when it comes to the box office, callin it now.
Cody W on Apr 8, 2013
We shall see. There are 3 live action blockbusters that will be competing for the masses in July(the biggest month of the year in terms of box office) The Lone Ranger, Pacific Rim, and The Wolverine. Western's aren't exactly box office gold, especially outside of North America, and reaction to the trailers for The Lone Ranger and The Wolverine have been less than amazing(when compared to something like Man of Steel). Consider that this is the 5th movie we are getting where Wolverine is the star...and it might be getting stale in the eyes of some. Throw in that Pacific Rim is new(not an adaptation or sequel of anything that has come before) and is tackling subject matter that hollywood blockbusters have practically never touched, and is a concept that almost ensures massive success in Asia....and well...I'd say the odds are in it's favor.
Chris Groves on Apr 9, 2013
I get the feeling the American masses will see it as a transformers ripoff at first glance. I dont think that personally but for a non cinephile casual moviegoer I could see, but yeah we will see, personally Im not looking forward to it all that much. Del toro hasnt made a good movie except Pans labryinth IMO
Cody W on Apr 9, 2013
Each to his own. I would wager that the 'dumb masses' would actually just flock to it 'because it looks big and awesome'. But regardless of why people turn up, it's absolutely going to be a 100% better film than any of the Transformers movies, Del Toro is a great storyteller who never loses his focus of character in any of his films.
Chris Groves on Apr 9, 2013
Nielsen700 on Apr 8, 2013
It's not del Toro and Perlman that are in the way here. Basically, the studio has the rights for the franchise and they have no interest in a third film. Until that changes, it's never going to happen. Mignola knows this. He's not being short sighted. He's stating what should be obvious to anyone that knows how a movie is made. Del Toro can muster all the enthusiasm he wants for this project, but without a greenlight it is meaningless.
Jojo on Apr 8, 2013
Reboot, so kidding, don't hit me please.
mooreworthy on Apr 8, 2013
I liked the first one, but I thought the second was really lacking. Both of them were shot beautifully, but I felt the second could have been written better. However, I would definitely like to see a third, I hope it happens.
grimjob on Apr 8, 2013
Sooo take 1 movie off of Del toros 200 project list hes announced or been interested in?
Cody W on Apr 8, 2013
And this is what Mike Mignola say about all this: "There are a couple articles out floating around out there right now that sort of make it sound like I don't want a third movie made or even implying that somehow I might in some way stopping a third one from being made--That's just stupid. I have no idea why these things are popping up now. I'm asked all the time if a third film is in the works and I always say there isn't--Because there isn't. Simple as that. Of course I would be thrilled to see a third one made. I know Ron would like to do it and I think if ANYONE could talk Universal into it it would be del Toro. After #2 someone at the studio assured me that they would NEVER make a third and that was the last contact I had with anyone at Universal. That was a long time ago and things change and I do hope things will change, but who knows. Certainly it all has nothing to do with me. The fate of a third film is entirely somewhere between del Toro and Universal."
Mark Tweedale on Apr 8, 2013
So "A Haunted House" gets a sequel and "Hellboy II" doesn't.... I'm going to go jump off a bridge(a really small one).
Fidel Reyes on Apr 9, 2013
Is it just me, or is anyone else bothered that the first time the article's author mentioned Guillermo del Toro, he didn't use his full name?
Dave Melges on Apr 12, 2013
Smeltzey on Apr 18, 2013
I WANT HELLBOY 3 ACTION FIGURE TOYS
Joseph on May 11, 2013
oh no! no hellboy 3??!! why!! D:...does that mean i wont be able to see abe sapien again??!! no!! D:..man this sucks...T_T
vamparrella on May 18, 2013
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