New 'Hellboy' Director Says the R-Rating Provides More Freedom

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 - 6:58PM
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 - 6:58PM
New 'Hellboy' Director Says the R-Rating Provides More Freedom
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The recently announced Hellboy reboot, starring David Harbour of Stranger Things, has got a lot of fans' backs up for various reasons. Chief among these are the fact that we'll never see Guillermo Del Toro's continuation of the Ron Perlman series, and the worry that this new movie won't live up to its predecessor.

It's certainly worrying at this point when a movie studio announces an R-rating for its comic book project before there's even a script attached to the project. Following the success of Deadpool and Logan - which both succeeded for completely separate reasons - there's a danger that movie executives might mistakenly think that it's the level of violence in these films, rather than their storytelling, that made them hits.

That being the case, director Neil Marshall is saying all the right things to allay fears that Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen is going for an R-rating for the sake of ticket sales. Speaking to the Post Mortem podcast, Marshall explained that the movie will be made without simply trying to check off boxes for R-rating tropes - he just doesn't like being limited by a potential PG-13 rating:

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"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."
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It certainly does come as a relief to know that the movie isn't being pushed to be R-rated above everything else, although considering that Neil Marshall directed The Descent and Dog Soldiers, it's pretty clear what the studio is aiming for by hiring him. As long as his focus is on storytelling rather than emulating Logan or Deadpool, though, there's every chance that the freedom he'll be afforded in terms of tone and content will help to make this a fitting translation of the source material.



Also exciting is Marshall's aim to stick to practical methods of filmmaking, rather than an over-reliance on computer effects:

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"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."
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While Del Toro's Hellboy 3 is finally dead, part of the reason why fans have been clamoring for this film for a decade is because of just how impressive The Golden Army is with its use of puppetry and other practical effects. The world felt real and tangible in a way that's uncommon in modern blockbusters, let alone the bizarre world that creator Mike Mignola built for Hellboy, and it's great to hear that we'll be seeing more of this in the new movie.

Neil Marshall has some big shoes to fill with this movie, and it'll take a while for the staunchest fans of Del Toro and Perlman to come around to this new creative team. If Marshall can put his directorial style where his mouth is, though, there's every chance that the resulting film will at least be worthy of consideration alongside the previous movies starring everyone's favorite bringer of the Apocalypse.

Via: /Film
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