Neil Marshall, the director attached to the upcoming Hellboy reboot, has spoken about how the film’s likely R-rating is going to give him a lot more freedom to stay true to the critically acclaimed Mike Mignola source material.
Speaking to filmmaker Mick Garris on his “Post Mortem” podcast, Marshall said “We’ve been granted permission to do it R-rated, which for me is just like taking the cuffs off.”
He added, “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.”
He also spoke about his desire to use practical effects wherever possible, saying “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.”
Guillermo del Toro’s 2004 Hellboy movie and its 2008 sequel Hellboy: The Golden Army, were both rated PG-13.
The reboot will star David Harbour (Stranger Things) in the title role.