In some ways, Neil Marshall’s take on the cult favorite comic book franchise Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen will be a very different experience to that of Guillermo del Toro’s two movies (the R-rating, for a start), but will also try to stick to del Toro’s much-revered style of practical effects.
Speaking on the Post Mortem podcast, Marshall stated that: “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.”
He also expressed excitement of working with an R rating, adding: “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.”
Let us know below in the comments if you are getting on board with Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen or if you’re disappointed that Ron Perlman and Guillermo del Toro never got the opportunity to round out their trilogy with Hellboy III.