Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Comic-Con: Guillermo del Toro reveals new plans for Hellboy 3; Peter Jackson says there may be three Hobbit movies

Originally posted on The Geek Files - 16 July 2012 | Written by

This is AWESOME news. Anyone who knows me should know that I am a huge fan of the first two Hellboy movies so to say I'd be stoked for a third outing of everybody's favourite stone-handed paranormal investigator would be a major understatement indeed.

Of course, nothing's set in stone (pun only slightly intended) just yet, but that never stopped me getting prematurely excited about a movie in the past and certainly won't do so now!

Read on after the jump for very few more details, and the (profit driven?) proposal for a third Hobbit movie (and by my reckoning, if The Hobbit warrants three movies, then LotR should have been about 30 movies long)

Hellboy Ron Perlman still newsize.jpgFOR a long time there's been little hope of a third Hellboy movie. That's because director Guillermo del Toro has always said he is too busy and star Ron Perlman was not keen to repeat the lengthy make-up process that turned him into the red demon do-gooder.

But there's now a fresh enthusiasm for the idea. And that's largely because Perlman overcame his reluctance and dressed as Hellboy to fulfil a boy's dream of meeting his favourite comic book character, in a gesture arranged by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

"I can say publicly that now we are together in trying [to do Hellboy 3]," del Toro told Entertainment Weekly. "We're going to make an effort to do it. I hope it happens."

Perlman added: "The [first] two movies were really set up to have this unbelievable resolve. Everything that was done in both movies was leading up to this destiny, written in stone, of what Hellboy has been summoned to Earth to do.

"To not do it, particularly in light of the scope that Guillermo is thinking of for the resolve, would be in my mind a little bit of a shame."

And there may also be three Hobbit movies too, according to director Peter Jackson.

Speaking to HitFix at Comic-Con, he revealed that talks are under way with Warner Bros about splitting the second instalment - 2013's The Hobbit: There And Back Again - into two.

"That's a discussion we're having," said Jackson." We have certainly been talking to the studio about some of the material we can't film, and we've been asking them so we can do a bit more filming next year.

"I don't know what would come of that, whether it'd be extended editions or whatnot. But those discussions are ongoing."

Some of the material he wants to film would come from the appendices in JRR Tolkien's Return of the King, the third and final volume of Lord of the Rings.

Given the trend for splitting films - Harry Potter's Deathly Hallows, Twilight's Breaking Dawn and The Hunger Games' final film Mockingjay - it wouldn't be a shock to hear of The Hobbit getting a similar treatment.