It was confirmed by director Neil Marshall himself, in the last episode of the podcast Post Mortem. “We’ve been granted permission to do it R-rated, which for me is just like taking the cuffs off”. Let’s remember this uncuffed filmmaker has been responsible for some of the most interesting horror films of the new millennium. A good mix between low budget, creativity and a big love for the genre. These are the main ingredients he used to develop a bunch of nice titles, since his feature debut with Dog Soldiers (2002) to his already cult films The Descent (2005) and Doomsday (2008).
“It’s like, okay, so now we can just make the movie we want to make. Nobody’s going to stop us”. That is a nice statement, a threat to conformism, which is a suit neither the British director or us the audience want to wear. It is of popular knowledge how Neil Marshall has always preferred to use old school filmmaking instead of the lazy new technologies and CGI saturation. So it is also music to our ears to hear he is planning on using as many practical effects as possible. “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”. Exactly, CGI as a tool, not the main course.
Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen (2018) is the name of this movie, expected to hit theaters next year. It is already in public domain that David Harbour will incarnate Hellboy. This will be his first main role in a big production, after making himself a name as a supporting actor in movies like Suicide Squad (2016), Quantum of Solace (2008), The Equalizer (2014) or The Green Hornet (2011), as well as playing one of the main characters in the successful TV series Stranger Things (2016– ). Andrew Cosby and Christopher Golden are currently writing the script based on the characters created by Mike Mignola for his comic books. Dark Horse Entertainment, Lawrence Gordon Productions, and Millennium Films produce.