Neil Marshall, director of the Hellboy reboot, has announced that the adaptation of Mike Mignola’s comic books will be R-rated, dark and oozing with blood.
The news about Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen, which will star Stranger Thing‘s David Harbour, was revealed via an interview with the Post Mortem Podcast.
“We’ve been granted permission to do it R-rated, which for me is just like taking the cuffs off,” Marshall told fellow filmmaker Mick Garris. “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.”
In addition to the news, Marshall added “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.”
Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen is written by Andrew Cosby and Christopher Golden. The film is being executive produced by Christa Campbell, Lati Grobman, and Carl Hampe.