The first two film adaptations of Mike Mignola‘s Hellboy comic series, directed by Guillermo del Toro and starring Ron Perlman in the title role, were not the greatest financial and critical successes. They did okay, especially Hellboy II: The Golden Army, but not as well as hoped. Still, the movies have a faithful fan following who were upset to learn that instead of a third movie with del Toro and Perlman, the franchise was to be rebooted with Stranger Things star David Harbour taking over for Perlman in what’s currently titled Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen.
So how do you win over those skeptical fans of the original movies, and get them on board with the reboot? Well, a great start is to say it’s going to be R-rated, bloody, and use as little CGI as possible, as director Neil Marshall (The Descent, Game of Thrones) said recently.
Speaking with the Post Mortem podcast with Mick Garris, Marshall said of the reboot:
“Weâ€™ve been granted permission to do it R-rated, which for me is just like taking the cuffs off. Itâ€™s like, okay, so now we can just make the movie we want to make. Nobodyâ€™s going to stop us. So, thatâ€™s the main [difference]. And Iâ€™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, it is kind of bloody, so Iâ€™m going to embrace that.
Itâ€™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.”
A screenplay for Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen has already been written by Mignola, Andrew Cosby, and Christopher Golden, and the movie is currently expected to be released sometime in 2018.
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[Source: via Bloody Disgusting]
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