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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?

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Source: The Daily Beast

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9:23PM on 08/17/2015

All this crap that ISN'T At the Mountains of Madness...

is a such a travesty to the film world.
All that money being thrown at Pacific Rim 2 and this "chick-flick drama horror" called Crimson Peak is just money that could have given us a Tom Cruise/Ron Pearlman/James Cameron joint venture.
And yes, I am aware it was Universal that turned him down, but realistically speaking......HOW COOL WOULD THAT MOVIE HAVE BEEN?!
is a such a travesty to the film world.
All that money being thrown at Pacific Rim 2 and this "chick-flick drama horror" called Crimson Peak is just money that could have given us a Tom Cruise/Ron Pearlman/James Cameron joint venture.
And yes, I am aware it was Universal that turned him down, but realistically speaking......HOW COOL WOULD THAT MOVIE HAVE BEEN?!
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8:47PM on 07/20/2015
I'd rather have Hellboy 3 than Pacific Rim 2.
I'd rather have Hellboy 3 than Pacific Rim 2.
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7:00PM on 07/20/2015
If leaving or forsaking movie projects was a sport,Del Toro should win the gold medal.
If leaving or forsaking movie projects was a sport,Del Toro should win the gold medal.
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5:21PM on 07/20/2015

I am a fan...

I am a fan of most of his work... but sometimes I can't stand the things he says on interviews.
I am a fan of most of his work... but sometimes I can't stand the things he says on interviews.
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5:07PM on 07/20/2015
I've been a huge fan of Del Toro's for about 20 years now, going back to the first time I rented Cronos. In all honesty, I love his earlier films so much more than what he's doing now. Crimson Peak looks about as scary as 1999's The Haunting, and I would much rather see Hellboy 3 than Pacific Rim 2. i wasn't that much of a fan of the first.
I've been a huge fan of Del Toro's for about 20 years now, going back to the first time I rented Cronos. In all honesty, I love his earlier films so much more than what he's doing now. Crimson Peak looks about as scary as 1999's The Haunting, and I would much rather see Hellboy 3 than Pacific Rim 2. i wasn't that much of a fan of the first.
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4:29PM on 07/20/2015
There's seriously no billionaire nerds out there who love Hellboy and would want to fund this? Shame on them.
There's seriously no billionaire nerds out there who love Hellboy and would want to fund this? Shame on them.
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3:48PM on 07/20/2015
Buzzkill. I honestly wish it was Justice League Dark and Hellboy 3 over Pacific Rim 2 which he could get creative and split the 120 million in half and do both films. Hell he only spent 13 million on Pans Labyrinth and it is still his best work.
Buzzkill. I honestly wish it was Justice League Dark and Hellboy 3 over Pacific Rim 2 which he could get creative and split the 120 million in half and do both films. Hell he only spent 13 million on Pans Labyrinth and it is still his best work.
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3:24PM on 07/20/2015

Why 120 million?

That's oddly specific. Do it for less dude. Come on, get creative! When people say stuff like this, I just wanna yell Star Wars at them!
That's oddly specific. Do it for less dude. Come on, get creative! When people say stuff like this, I just wanna yell Star Wars at them!
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3:11PM on 07/20/2015

Here's a crazy idea...

Let Del Toro go ahead and do Pacific Rim 2, while Crimson Peak blows up and get's his name back in the "Pan's Labyrinth" spotlight when studios actually gave a shit about him. Meanwhile you let DC release their slate of comic book movies creating the actual Justice League over the next four years so he can come back to a great script and do the dark version??? Ehh?? AAAAAANNNND you pop Hellboy 3 on Kickstarter with a five year deadline and let the internets surprise the fuck out of you when it
Let Del Toro go ahead and do Pacific Rim 2, while Crimson Peak blows up and get's his name back in the "Pan's Labyrinth" spotlight when studios actually gave a shit about him. Meanwhile you let DC release their slate of comic book movies creating the actual Justice League over the next four years so he can come back to a great script and do the dark version??? Ehh?? AAAAAANNNND you pop Hellboy 3 on Kickstarter with a five year deadline and let the internets surprise the fuck out of you when it gets the $120 million dollars he's looking for. (I'd put money towards it and I'm a broke ass, plus HB3 needs to be end of the world, Armageddon type stuff, so I get the high price tag) Your move nerds.
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2:42PM on 07/20/2015

Del Toro has become a mockery of himself

Del Toro attaches himself to too many projects at once that it becomes frustrating when he tells the press he's working on a story for this or that. If Justice League Dark already has a script--and WB likes it--I'm hopeful they attach another director relatively soon or just wait for Del Toro to wrap-up Pacific Rim 2. It would make sense for them to release it shortly after Justice League that way the general audience is aware of what they're a counterpart to.
Del Toro attaches himself to too many projects at once that it becomes frustrating when he tells the press he's working on a story for this or that. If Justice League Dark already has a script--and WB likes it--I'm hopeful they attach another director relatively soon or just wait for Del Toro to wrap-up Pacific Rim 2. It would make sense for them to release it shortly after Justice League that way the general audience is aware of what they're a counterpart to.
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2:34PM on 07/20/2015

Yaaa

The world rather give money to hunger games and shit movies. Just make hellboy 3 why does it need to be 120 million it doesn't need to be so much money.
The world rather give money to hunger games and shit movies. Just make hellboy 3 why does it need to be 120 million it doesn't need to be so much money.
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1:34PM on 07/20/2015
Between those two projects I'd rather Guillermo do Pacific Rim 2 as well.
Between those two projects I'd rather Guillermo do Pacific Rim 2 as well.
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1:31PM on 07/20/2015
Just give us At the Mountains of Madness already! That and Hellboy 3 are the two films I want to see him make most.
Just give us At the Mountains of Madness already! That and Hellboy 3 are the two films I want to see him make most.
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12:55PM on 07/20/2015
Something different like Justice League Dark would have interesting to see. Tie it in the universe they're building and have Del Toro on that project, what a missed opportunity.
Something different like Justice League Dark would have interesting to see. Tie it in the universe they're building and have Del Toro on that project, what a missed opportunity.
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11:54AM on 07/20/2015
I'm pretty "meh" on all of this. Pacific Rim was pretty cool visually, but I'm not interested in a sequel. The Justice League Dark movie could have been cool if it were made a few years ago as it's own stand alone franchise. But now that WB/DC is getting to work on their cinematic universe, I don't see where it would fit in at the current moment. Seems a little too early for spin-off Justice League movies to go into production. We haven't even seen the Justice League proper on screen yet.
I'm pretty "meh" on all of this. Pacific Rim was pretty cool visually, but I'm not interested in a sequel. The Justice League Dark movie could have been cool if it were made a few years ago as it's own stand alone franchise. But now that WB/DC is getting to work on their cinematic universe, I don't see where it would fit in at the current moment. Seems a little too early for spin-off Justice League movies to go into production. We haven't even seen the Justice League proper on screen yet.
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11:39AM on 07/20/2015
Too bad he has chosen Pacific Rim 2 over Justice League Dark. Pacific Rim is a fun movie but I'd really love to watch his take on Justice League Dark.
Too bad he has chosen Pacific Rim 2 over Justice League Dark. Pacific Rim is a fun movie but I'd really love to watch his take on Justice League Dark.
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