"The hard fact is that the movie's going to need about $120 million and there's nobody knocking down our doors to give it to us," he told The Daily Beast. "It's a little beyond Kickstarter. It would be great to complete the trilogy, but in a way I don't see the world – the industry – supporting that idea."
Spanners in the Hellboy works have been reported before, with del Toro blaming tough production and writing processes, and Big Red himself Ron Perlman: "He's doing Sons Of Anarchy without make-up. He's spoiled!"
The key statement was probably the director's heartfelt "I know how it ends and I don't know if I want to see that ending," but he still maintained that he "would love to do it." Perlman too, has been happy to whip up some hype whenever the opportunity has arisen. Studio Legendary have, apparently, intimated that they might take a look at Hellboy III if del Toro's Pacific Rim 2 is a hit.
"But you know, Ron is no spring chicken," grins the mischievous Del Toro now, "so we'd better get to it before Hellboy has to do everything from a BarcaLounger." He adds, "I would watch that.”
Elsewhere, del Toro confirmed that he had to pass on DC Entertainments Justice League Dark in favour of the aforementioned Pacific Rim sequel. "Warners liked the script," he says. "They were very enthusiastic and wanted to green-light it but they wanted it to coincide with the shoot of Pacific Rim 2. I was put in a very difficult place facing a difficult choice, and I chose to do Pacific Rim 2."
Crimson Peak though, did happen, and will be out in the UK on 16 October.