Hellboy 3 could be Abe Sapien spin-off instead

If Hellboy 3 doesn’t happen, an Ape Sapien film or TV show might instead says star Doug Jones

Doug Jones as Ape Sapien in the poster for Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy II
Doug Jones as Ape Sapien in the poster for Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy II

As discussions for Hellboy 3 continue to rage in the press (the latest: Ron Perlman and Selma Blair are up for it, Guillermo del Toro is busy), it seems the focus has shifted to the expanded cast. When we caught up with actor Doug Jones who played the loveable fishman in the first two films, he revealed he’s heard rumblings.

“I’ve heard talk from Dark Horse Entertainment that that’s a possibility, whether it’s a movie franchise or a TV series even,” he says, speaking exclusively to SciFiNow.

Jones is used to acting under heavy prostethics, having appeared as the Faun in Pan’s Labyrinth and one of the heart-collecting Gentlemen in the Buffy episode ‘Hush’, but he says Sapien was by far his fondest role.

“Of all the costumed characters that I’ve played in my 27-year career, Abe Sapien is my favourite and I’ve made no bones about that ever, he is,” Jones tells us.

“I connect with him, I love him, and I love the collaborative effort that made him. It took a village to make Abe Sapien happen and I would love if there was a Hellboy 3 where we could all come back together again and continue the story because it does feel unfinished at this time, I would love to see that completed.”

Abe Sapien with Hellboy
Abe Sapien alongside Ron Perlman’s Hellboy in Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Lately, however, even Red himself has stepped back in the comic-books and his expanded cast has come to the fore. The new spin-off Abe Sapien: Dark And Terrible by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola delves deeper into the origins of this mysterious character who was discovered in a water tank in Washington DC with no memory of how he got there.

“In the Abe Sapien comic books and the BPRD comic-books he was a key character on his own, those are possibilities,” he adds. “I’ve heard a lot and all of it excites me because I would love to reprise Abe in any way shape or form, but mostly I would love to do it under the direction of Guillermo del Toro again.”

Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim is released on 12 July 2013. You can buy Hellboy 1 and 2 on DVD for £6 at Amazon.co.uk.