Written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, and starring Ron Perlman, John Hurt, Selma Blair, Rupert Evans, Karel Roden, Jeffrey Tambor and Doug Jones.
The first movie hit theaters in April of 2004 on a $66 million budget and earned $99 million worldwide. Del Toro’s sequel. Hellboy II: The Golden Army, debuted in July of 2008 on a budget of $85 million and earned $160.3 million. It wasn’t enough, however, to get the third movie going.
“I really feel as though I’m done with the character,” he said. “I don’t have a burning desire to put that sh*t on again. But Guillermo told me what the resolve of the trilogy would look like, in broad strokes, and it’s such an amazingly theatrical, cinematic idea, that I found it essential that we do it. We were designed to be a trilogy, with a beginning, a middle and an end. We’ve only done two-thirds, so I feel that we’re not really done until we finish it.”
So what was Del Toro’s big idea? “Holy sh*t, he’s the beast of the Apocalypse. He has to take down civilization. He has to. It’s non-negotiable. That’s the foundation for the story, and that’s why I think it would be a shame if we don’t do it,” Perlman added.
Hellboy II ended with the character finding out that Liz Sherman (Blair) is pregnant with twins. “I’ll tell you this,” Perlman said. “The two twins: one would look like the mum and one would look like the dad. And one of them was going to be completely f*cking corrupt, the other one angelic. Which one was which? Only Guillermo would make the f*cked-up-looking one be the angel. So then that adds to the saga.”