Could 'Hellboy 3' go from Universal to Legendary?
Legendary Pictures, the company that produced "300," "Watchmen," all three Christopher Nolan Batman films and "Man of Steel" could add another high-profile comics adaptation to its roster. Maybe.
“I hate giving pieces about it,” del Toro said, “but last night, we were at dinner and Ron said, ‘I would be very happy to do Hellboy again, when are we doing 'Hellboy 3'?’ [Legendary head] Thomas [Tull] said, ‘I would love to see 'Hellboy 3'.’ He didn’t say he would love to do it he just said he’d like to see it, but today, I’ll ask him.”
The website also spoke to Perlman, who said, “Not just anybody can make this movie,” he said. “I loved working for Legendary and I know for Guillermo working on "Pacific Rim" was one of his greatest experiences. The reason I loved working for them is because Guillermo was so happy. I came in six months into the shoot and he seemed as fresh as a daisy, simply because he was working for someone who appreciated and supported his outlandish visions of what he wanted to put on the screen. My immediate, silent wish was, wouldn’t it be great if these guys came in and helped resolve the Hellboy series.”
"Hellboy" and "Hellboy 2: The Golden Army" were released by Sony Pictures and Universal Pictures respectively. While Legendary is now partnered with Warner Bros., Variety recently reported that their relationship will dissolve at the end of the year. The shingle has been looking for a new studio to partner up with in an effort to have more control over its properties. Tull commented that rights issues would have to be worked out in order for Legendary to make "Hellboy 3," but the process would probably go a lot smoother if Universal and Legendary joined forces moving forward. Sony and Fox are also still in the running for a partnership.
In 2011 "Hellboy" creator Mike Mignola said he was pretty sure del Toro wouldn’t return for "Hellboy 3," noting the director’s busy schedule.
"Pacific Rim" opens nationwide on July 12.
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