A few months back I spoke with Selma Blair who wasn’t shy about her desire to be in Hellboy 3 stating, “It’s my dream to work with Guillermo del Toro again… I mean [the story is] all set up. ‘Hellboy 3′ is the biggest payoff and the biggest horror. I want to see what these twins are up to, if one’s the devil and one’s an angel. I want to see what Hellboy and Liz are up to! I know the film is the apocalypse and the apocalypse isn’t cheap to shoot so we have to find some funding and get going with it!”
Now Ron Perlman is jumping in on the love, telling IGN, “We both walked away from Hellboy 2 agreeing that there would never be another one. But, with the passage of time, it became clear to me that he really always designed it as a trilogy. There are so many questions posed in the first two films that absolutely need to be answered. I said, ‘You owe it to the world to finish this trilogy.’ I’ve been giving him Jewish guilt… He’s just so busy, but I’m going to keep working away at the body. I’m pushing seventy so he better f*cking do this soon.”
That’s true though. Del Toro is extremely busy. “The Strain”, Crimson Peak, “Monster”, a possible Pacific Rim 2, The Haunted Mansion, his passion project At The Mountains Of Magic… am I leaving any out? Yes, actually. And while Perlman at 63 isn’t exactly “pushing 70″ (and has shown little in the way of diminished physicality), you have to wonder if he won’t be “pushing 80″ by the time Del Toro gets around to making it. Of course there’s always the possibility that projects and schedules align, after all, we know Del Toro’s not even going to do all of the project listed above – he just likes a lot of irons in the fire.
Universal releases Mama tomorrow, January 18th. The Guillermo del Toro-produced horror thriller is based on a short of the same name and was directed by Andres Muschietti from a script he wrote with Barbara Muschietti.
Along with some fellow journalists, I caught up with Del Toro and the Muschiettis last month to talk about the film’s journey from short to screen. We also touch on the intensive casting process, retaining autonomy on such an original vision, and finally just a tiny update on Hellboy 3.
In the film, “Five years ago, sisters Victoria and Lilly vanished from their suburban neighborhood without a trace. Since then, their Uncle Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his girlfriend, Annabel (Jessica Chastain), have been madly searching for them. But when, incredibly, the kids are found alive in a decrepit cabin, the couple wonders if the girls are the only guests they have welcomed into their home. As Annabel tries to introduce the children to a normal life, she grows convinced of an evil presence in their house. Are the sisters experiencing traumatic stress, or is a ghost coming to visit them? How did the broken girls survive those years all alone? As she answers these disturbing questions, the new mother will find that the whispers she hears at bedtime are coming from the lips of a deadly presence.” Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier, Isabelle Nélisse and Daniel Kash all star.
Formerly known as Replicas, IFC’s In Their Skin is currently on VOD and On Demand with a limited theatrical run November 9. Directed by Jeremy Regimbal, the film stars Selma Blair, Joshua Close (who also wrote the script), James D’Arcy and Rachel Miner.
Last week I hopped on the phone with Blair and we discussed what attracted her to this project, which is much darker than many of the roles she is known for. We also discussed how she dealt with filming some of the project’s more intense material while being pregnant along with her desire to revisit the Hellboy universe.
In the film, “Following a tragic incident, the Hughes’ escape their busy upscale suburban life in order to spend some quality family time at their isolated country home. An evening with friendly neighbors is suddenly interrupted when one man’s obsession with perfection escalates into a violent struggle, forcing all to go beyond anything they ever thought they were capable of, in order to survive.”
Selma Blair stars in In Their Skin (formerly Replicas), a thriller I really enjoyed which you can currently find on VOD/On Demand. I just got off the phone with her, and while the bulk of our conversation is centered around that film (a conversation you’ll be able to read in its entirety before the film’s theatrical run on November 9th), we did speak briefly about a certain sequel many of us are dying to see happen.
So I figured I’d share this Hellboy 3 tidbit with you in the meantime before the full interview goes up. First of all, it seems like something she’s really passionate about. I didn’t even have to bring it up and I get the sense that it’s not just another job for her – it’s a role she’s invested in and an arc she wants to complete.
We all know Guillermo Del Toro is an insanely busy guy. When I caught up with him last night on the red carpet for the Eyegore Awards (which kicked off this year’s Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood), it was no exception. He was being hounded by everybody. But I did get a few tidbits on the upcoming Pacific Rim and a small update on Hellboy 3
Regarding Pacific Rim, he said that despite the big-budget he’s had an extraordinary amount of freedom. “It’s gonna be great! I’m 48 years old and this is the best experience I’ve ever had making a movie! In spite of my age I feel like a 12 year old when I go to the sets. It’s going to be a fun, fun, fun experience.”
And Hellboy 3. The eternal question. “We’re trying! We try and we try and we try. It’s an expensive proposition and it’s not easy!” Yeesh! Given that Del Toro has an insanely full dance card and the uphill battle that Hellboy 3 seems to be, I’d say it’s possible but not likely to happen anytime soon. Maybe after Pacific Rim (if it goes bonkers at the box office and Del Toro can find a spare year to work on it).
This year’s Halloween Horror Nights dates are September 21, 22, 28, 29 and October 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28 and 31.
I’m actually a bit surprised this is our first News Bites of the San Diego Comic-Con, considering there’s more news breaks than we can possibly handle (nothing like having our server crash multiple times. Sorry ’bout that!)
Anyways, here’s a few short news breaks beginning with the news confirming Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson‘s potential casting in Warner Bros. Lobo adaptation: “Rumors of me possibly playing LOBO are true. Joel Silver and Brad Peyton working on it now. That could be fun,” revealed The Rock via his official Twitter account. This would be a nice move away from playing Disney character like The Tooth Fairy. Bray Peyton is directing. Lobo is an alien that works as an interstellar mercenary and bounty hunter from DC Comics. His comics are known to be R-rated and bloody.
Via TVLine the below image displays the cast of NBC’s “Mockingbird Lane“ (Bryan Fuller‘s re-imagining of “The Munsters”) shared with Comic-Con attendees, along with the following recap: “A sizzle reel of footage from the “Mockingbird Lane” pilot, which finished shooting three days before the panel, revealed that the series has the auteur’s stamp all over it. Darkly humorous and visually distinctive, the sneak peek featured a scene of a wolfed-out Eddie terrorizing his Boy Scout friends on a camping trip, clever nods to the original series and Eddie Izzard as Grandpa chomping into a lion. Special effects to be added will also allow Lily’s outfit to form out of spiders and for Grandpa to manifest out of rats.” He adds, “The family pet, Spot, will be part of the show, as will the creation of the “Dragula.””
Lastly, Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro once again talks about Hellboy 3 with EW: “I can say publicly that now we are together in trying [to do Hellboy 3].” Star Ron Perlman adds, “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.”
As of now nothing is official, but Del Toro says, “We’re going to make an effort to do it. I hope it happens.” READ MORE
During a recent press conference for Festival International du Film Fantastique de Gérardmer 2012, Ron Perlman let drop that Hellboy 3 probably isn’t ever going to happen. Which kind of makes sense.
The Hellboy films are great, but they’re not enormous moneymakers (nor are they flops, they’re just not sure things). And Guillermo Del Toro’s dance card is extremely full of projects after he finishes Pacific Rim. The odds for the money and a willing studio being in place during the brief window of time Del Toro may have to make the film (whenever that may be) are kind of low.
Or, in the words of Perlman, “If I had to bet, I would bet there will be no Hellboy 3… It would be a great shame if we never did it… It’s kind of like Dorothy in ‘The Wizard Of Oz’, we close our eyes and click our heels [in the hopes it will come together].”
Hit the jump for video from the press conference, where he also discusses his willingness to be on “Game Of Thrones” – not that he necessarily will be. READ MORE