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Why Guillermo del Toro left Justice League Dark & his $120 million Hellboy 3

07.20.2015

Last month it was announced that Guillermo del Toro would be walking away from his JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK film, which would have featured a team of supernatural DC characters like John Constantine, Swamp Thing and Deadman. Sounds like SUICIDE SQUAD with a del Toro twist and it would have been right up his alley! So what gives? Well, it looks like it all boils down to a scheduling conflict. Those of you who aren't looking forward to the PACIFIC RIM sequel may not enjoy the following news.

Guillermo del Toro on why he left JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK:

Warners liked the script, 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.

Regarding HELLBOY 3:

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. 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. But you know, Ron is no spring chicken, so we’d better get to it before Hellboy has to do everything from a Barcalounger. I would watch that.

Given that del Toro generally takes advantage of his "shoestring" budgets, I'm surprised he's locked HELLBOY 3 in at $120 million. I mean, I'm not going to pretend that the series doesn't feature action, special effects and some amazing creatures for Ron Perlman to punch the crap out of, but a part of me wouldn't mind a smaller, more intimate tale. The red guy aside, I loved PACIFIC RIM and have no qualms about the man choosing to do a sequel over Swamp Thing and Friends. Here's hoping it's as much of a ride as the first one was!

Guillermo del Toro's next picture, CRIMSON PEAK, hits theaters on October 16, 2015.

Would you have preferred JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK over PACIFIC RIM 2?

Source: The Daily Beast

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