While chatting with Variety about his upcoming films produced via his Wing and a Prayer Pictures production company, Hellboy actor Ron Perlman offered a doubtful outlook on third film in the series based on the Mike Mignola characters.
“[It will] probably will never happen,” he said. “Though you never say never never.”
The ups and downs of Hellboy as a feature film enterprise are worthy of the character’s own adventures in the pages of the comics. The original film, directed by Guillermo del Toro, was produced by Revolution Studios and distributed by Columbia Pictures. Though received well by critics, it was not a big box office success. Released on home video by Universal, it became an unexpected hit. The studio and Relativity Media took over the production of the sequel, Hellboy: The Golden Army, when Revolution went out of business. It performed better at the box office than its predecessor, but both del Toro and Perlman have been unsure if another film would ever be feasible.
According to del Toro, the third film would see Hellboy embracing his often-mentioned destiny to defend humanity. Unfortunately, it seems few studio entities are willing to invest in the project.