Director Neil Marshall is excited that he gets to "take off the cuffs" with his upcoming Hellboy reboot. The first two movies, directed by Guillermo del Toro, were both both rated PG-13 out of fear of not getting an audience. Even with that PG-13 both of the movies had a hard time getting people into theaters but Deadpool and Logan have proven that R-rated comic book movies with lower budgets can make bank.
In an article on Entertainment Weekly Marshall talked about how the R-rating will really let him dig into the character.
"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 on the most recent episode of the latter's podcast, Post Mortem. "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."
The only people that care about practical effects in movies more than Star Wars fans are horror fans and Marshall plans to use them whenever possible.
"It's definitely going to be as practical as we can possibly make it," insisted Marshall, whose credits include 2005's much-beloved horror film The Descent and the Game of Thrones episodes "Blackwater" and "The Watchers on the Wall." "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, directed by Neil Marshall, stars David Harbour from Stranger Things as the titular hero. Its script is being written by Andrew Cosby and Christopher Golden and will be released in 2018.