For quite some time, Ron Perlman has been taking to his social networks trying to get fan support to get the powers-that-be to greenlight Hellboy 3.
While nothing has been officially announced, and Perlman did just tell Variety he doubts Hellboy 3 will probably ever happen, he did say in the same interview "though you never say never never."
Speaking of never saying never, in a separate interview with THR, Perlman again states he thinks Hellboy 3 should get made and even offers it's "bad ass."
I never ever give up hope on something that is as good an idea as this. Ive spent a lot of political capital on this because I think its important. It has to do with the fact that its a trilogy. Weve asked an audience on two occasions to buy into Hellboy, and it was set up to have its promised ending. So we are obligated as filmmakers to give it to the audience. I dont care if its an $8 million indie film, lets just finish the trilogy. I know what Guillermo [del Toro] has in his head for the third film, and its bad-ass.
Perlman also again talks about the powers-that-be not going forward with a third Hellboy.
Yes, but it would cost a lot of political capital because it never really was a blockbuster, so youd be mounting a case for doing a film for the sake of doing a film. And you can make the case that the other Hellboy films broke even and then some, but people are interested in movies that are going to make a billion dollars. I feel like the effort it would take would be like a Don Quixote exercise, and Im not sure if there is enough will left by the powers that be to mount that campaign.
Ron Perlman also sounds off on Deadpool being an R-rated movie and potentially opening the door for other similar movies.
Ive been watching [the talk] on social media about how they released an R-rated movie like Deadpool and how that opened the floodgates for other R-rated movies, which is the most absurd f---ing discussion Ive ever heard in my life. Dude, just make a movie the way youre supposed to and stop second-guessing about what you think is proper for an audience. My problem with cinema these days is how reverse-engineered it is, how a project is conceived for the very fact of how much its gonna do based on demographic research. Thats not why I make movies. My attitude is that if you do your job right, and youre ballsy and original, and then you still dont find an audience, then you need to pick yourself up, brush yourself off and do the next one. As an artist, you shouldnt walk away from integrity. Thats whats happening in our politics, our culture and our cinema.