'Hellboy 3' release date, news: Ron Perlman gives up, movie shelved indefinitely

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It looks like Ron Perlman has finally given up on “Hellboy 3.” The actor who played the titular character had steadfastly refused to give up on the movie even though it appeared the studio wasn’t interested in revisiting the franchise. He even tweeted that he was working on the film a couple of weeks ago. Well, it did sound like he was the only one working on “Hellboy 3.” But nobody can doubt his determination and devotion to the sequel.

In an interview with Screen Rant at last weekend’s New York Comic Con, Perlman was asked if he has spoken with franchise director Guillermo del Toro about the third movie. Perlman admitted that they don’t talk about it anymore and that they were both moving on to other projects.

“Because he’s busy, and I’m busy. Maybe one day he’s going to call and say, ‘Hey, let’s do it.’ But for right now? We’re happy discovering new worlds to conquer,” the actor said.

There it is, folks. The straw has finally broken the camel’s back. Perlman also worked with del Toro on the animated Netflix series “Trollhunters,” so at least the two are still collaborating with each other. But not on “Hellboy 3.” Perlman did not close the door completely, though, so maybe one day the movie will still come out if they ever get the budget to produce it.

Then again, Perlman also experienced a moment of weakness earlier this year when he told Variety that “Hellboy 3” would probably never happen. However, he continued to push for the movie after making that statement. Perhaps he was just feeling pessimistic during the interview.

It has been more than eight years since “Hellboy II: The Golden Army” hit the cinemas. While most critics enjoyed the film, it did not do well at the box office. The sequel only earned $160.4 million worldwide while it was made with an $85 million budget.