Ron Perlman: We Owe The Fans That Third ‘Hellboy’ Film

by Thomas Tuna

Horror fans everywhere want Hellboy 3–and now, star Ron Perlman thinks they should get it.

A lot of water has flowed under the bridge since the imposing actor assumed the fan-favorite role, but it would seem you can take the boy out of Hell, but you can’t take Hell out of the boy.

Perlman–who starred in Guillermo del Toro’s 2004 Hellboy and its 2008 sequel–said in a recent interview with The Independent that while he may not be eager to slip back into the demanding role (“I’m 71 years old,” he pointed out), but “we owe this to the fans. And we should give it to them because it would be an epic conclusion.”

So, Perlman added, if del Toro hears him, “I’m not done pounding you to get this thing done.” Sounds like the man means business.

Perlman and the director collaborated just last year in Nightmare Alley, a film that saw the actor star as Bruno, a former strongman who meets up with Bradley Cooper’s Stan Carlisle.

A third Hellboy movie was of course, technically, made–the poorly received 2019 reboot starring David Harbour. Panned by most critics (and hardly embraced by fans), the reboot earned just $55 million on its $50-million budget. Hardly a crowd-pleaser.

The original Hellboy–written and directed by del Toro from a story he wrote with Peter Briggs–is based on Mike Mignola’s Dark Horse Comics character. In the film, as fans know, Hellboy–a well-meaning half-demon–works to keep the world safe from paranormal threats with his team, the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense.

Keep reading Horror News Network for any further updates on the future of the Hellboy franchise.


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