Currently in pre-production on “Hellboy 2” in Budapest, director Guillermo Del Toro spoke with The Age about some of his plans for the tone of the sequel.
First up it deals with the aftermath of romantic fulfilment. “It’s about the first year of marriage,” but it’s also about “a deadly war between humans and magical creatures”, in which the title character has a major dilemma: which side is he actually on.
Because he penned it whilst filming “Pan’s Labyrinth,” Del Toro says their might have bee some crossover between the two films when he handed the first draft over to comic creator Mike Mignola – “Mike was quite horrified by how much I had deviated from what we had talked about, especially at some of the quote, unquote whimsical elements, the parts about magic and the fairy world. But then fortunately, he saw Pan’s Labyrinth and he realised that the two movies would have some parallels”.
Finally he cites Henry James story “The Friends of the Friends” as a tale that he loves, “a short story that to this day is one of the most beautiful ghost stories that I have ever read. But it is rarely acknowledged and you don’t find it in his anthologies” says Del Toro. A future adaptation maybe?