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Director Neil Marshall Talks ‘HELLBOY’ Reboot Effects and R-Rating

June 27, 2017

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Director Neil Marshall, who will direct the upcoming Hellboy reboot spoke to Mick Garris on the Post Mortem podcast about his palns for HELLBOY: RISE OF THE BLOOD QUEEN, which will have of course effects and explains why the film will be rated R.

“It’s definitely going to be as practical as we can possibly make it. I love to do stuff in camera whenever I possibly can, and use CG as the amazing tool that it is, to enhance or expand upon the world, but not to use it to replace reality, when you can do it [for] real.”

As for the R, rating:

“We’ve been granted permission to do it R-rated, which for me is just like taking the cuffs off. It’s like, ‘okay, so now we can just make the movie we want to make.’ It’s not like I’m going to force it to be R-rated, but if it happens to come out that way, just because of my own sensibilities, then fine. And nobody’s going to stop us. So, that’s the main [difference]. And I’m sure, obviously, the success of things like DEADPOOL and LOGAN have not hurt that cause. But, also, when you go back the original material, is kind of bloody, so I’m going to embrace that.”

Millenium Films is eyeing to start production this September. Marshall directs with Stranger Things star David Harbour as the title hero. It features a script by Andrew Cosby, Christopher Golden and Mignola.

First appearing in comics in 1993, Hellboy is a demon summoned from Hell by the Nazi occultists near the end of World War II. Raised by Professor Trevor Buttenholm of Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, Hellboy went on to be billed as “The World’s greatest occult detective.” The adventures of the character have been chronicled in countless comics, including his time with the Bureau, his early years as a young boy, and even the time he spent in hell after dying on Earth. The main Hellboy title has also served as a launching pad for other characters and stories including Abe Sapien, Lobster Johnson, BRPD, Sledgehammer 44 and many others.

It is unknown whether the title is The Queen of Blood (also known as Nimue) from the comics, that Arthurian-era character was resurrected to bring Hellboy to his adversary Grugach. Hellboy awakens an army of dead knights to battle her, and while Nimue is defeated she ultimately winds up dragging the hero with her to hell.

The first Hellboy film was released in April 2004 with Ron Perlman in the title role. It was produced on a $66 million budget and earned $99 million worldwide. Del Toro’s sequel, Hellboy II: The Golden Army was released in July 2008 on a budget of $85 million and earned $160.3 million.

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