In a new interview with Mick Garris for his Post Mortem podcast, filmmaker Neil Marshall has revealed that the upcoming reboot of the “Hellboy” franchise is aiming to avoid CG effects and use practical ones as much as possible:
“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.”
Marshall is taking over the franchise to deliver an R-rated feature in the wake of two PG-13 films by director Guillermo del Toro. David Harbour (“Stranger Things”) takes over the red-skinned title character in the new take which is expected to go back to the more Lovecraftian style of the original Mike Mignola comics and del Toro’s first film. The expected freedom the harder rating offers is something Marshall intends to embrace:
“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, it is kind of bloody, so I’m going to embrace that.”
Shooting on the film is expected to begin in the fall.