In today’s world of larger than life blockbusters, we’ve all come to expect the use of CGI in order to depict worlds and creatures that don’t actually exist. None of us have actually ever seen an alien ship attack New York, but due to CGI, we believe it when it happens every single time. Neil Marshall, the man who will be directing the upcoming Hellboy reboot has just stated that that is not the way he is planning to go, and the film will instead be using as many practical effects as possible, with the use of the computer-generated imagery being kept to a minimum.
The reboot comes after two other Hellboy films that were directed by Guillermo del Toro and released in 2004 and 2008 respectively. On Mick Garris’ podcast Post Mortem, Marshall, who also directed Doomsday, talked about his want to get away from CGI as well as the film’s pre-approved R rating:
“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…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.”
The Hellboy reboot will star the police chief from Stranger Things, David Harbour as the titular character, and shooting for the film is expected to start this fall.
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