Del Toro to kill off Hellboy
It seems that Guillermo del Toro is not writing off Hellboy just yet, but he does say that with a third film he would ensure that the story would finish and that the character could not return in any other films, be it prequel, sequel, or reimagining.
He says that in Hellboy II: The Golden Army he's laid the seeds for a third film, and he reveals just what that third film would be based around, and it already sounds like it needs to be made.
However, let's be realistic about timescales here, Guillermo del Toro has just signed up for four years of The Hobbit, and that's four years production for two movies back to back based in New Zealand. Now I can't really see Hellboy III starting any form of production until at least 2012, and that's being optimistic and ignoring everything else he currently has on his slate.
"If there was ever a third one, I would really make sure that we at least sign a contract that there is no more…No prequels and no sequels: nothing. If that happens, then there is a third one we have planned, and the seeds are planted in this film."
Now think about the current situation after Hellboy II: The Golden Army, right now I don't believe there is a contract that ties the character to del Toro so closely, nor does it stop the studio from making any more. So is it actually in the studios best interest not to make a Hellboy III with del Toro? If they do and they have to sign a contract with him they aren't going to be able to make another film. However if they took the franchise now they would be able to make any number of films with the character.
Of course that would mean that they would have to take the film away from del Toro, and I think that would be a great mistake. I can't see any other director handling the character as well as he has done to date, can you?
He went onto speak about the planned plot of the film and who would be the focus for the bad guys, and it looks like he wants to take it back to the roots of the story:
"The idea for me is to bring back the Nazis characters, but bring them back in a way they would operate now…Meaning, what public face would the Nazis have in 2009/2010? How rich would they be? How in charge could they be? It's not this group of freakies that hide in the sewers, but people that are incredibly rich."
Now that would be cool, seeing the Nazi's return but in a Boys From Brazil style of Nazi's rather than the usual type of Nazi's we're used to seeing. Perhaps returning as some rich members of society running a secretive cult - after all we don't have anything like that right now in society do we?!
However, it does go back to the studio now. If they like this idea and Hellboy II does well, they could sign del Toro off for another Hellboy film knowing that he would tie them into never making another one, or they could just take the character off in another direction right now and keep him going. Mind you would the current cast follow the film without del Toror? I know which I would prefer and which way I would turn.