Guillermo: Hellboy 3 not happening
Guillermo del Toro has said he doesn't think he will be able to make a third Hellboy movie - as he can't get the funding.
The Mexican film director wrote and directed the first two films, starring Ron Perlman as the demonic but well-meaning comic book hero, and fans are keen for a third instalment. Ron has said he'd happily reprise the role and Guillermo has been working on a script.
But now the Pacific Rim director has told the Empire podcast that his planned apocalypse storyline is too expensive to bring to life on the big screen.
He explained: "[The groundswell of support for Hellboy 3] has been very active. It's really quite big. And we need to do it in the next six or seven years because Ron [Perlman] isn't getting any younger, and I don't think you want Hellboy chasing anyone in a Rascal. We need to do it soon!
"I could tell you the story from beginning to end right now. He turns into the beast of the apocalypse - spoilers there for those who like the comics - and needs to bring some apocalypse down. Right now, that bar has been raised considerably in the last three or four movies of the summer. Really bringing down the apocalypse is going to be a little expensive!
"I haven't seen [The World's End] yet, but I've seen Star Trek Into Darkness, where accidentally they destroy half of San Francisco. I'm not sure if Hellboy 3 will happen. I asked Mike [Mignola, the creator of the Hellboy comic books for Dark Horse Comics] if I could do it as a comic instead, and he said the comics were his domain. 'In the comics, Hellboy does what I tell him to do,' he says. That's fair.
"So if that doesn't work out, I'll hold camp fires and sing Kumbayah and tell the story to everyone who wants to listen to it. Let's do this: the moment Ron gets a Rascal, I'll come back to the podcast tell you all the whole story."
The first Hellboy movie, released in 2004, cost 66 million US dollars (£38.5 million) to make and made 99 million US dollars (£57.75 million).
Hellboy II: The Golden Army cost more 85 million dollars to make (£49.5 million) and made 160 million dollars (£93.3 million).