Like many fans of Hellboy, I feel oddly conflicted about the proposed R-rated reboot. I discovered the comic books after the first movie, and while the film was a toned down approach, it was the only way to get made at the time. My love of Hellboy is intrinsically tied to Guillermo del Toro's vision, and even though I know it's wrong, I have a hard time imagining any other filmmaker being equal to the task.

Neil Marshall will oversee the reboot, and he recently spoke on the Post Mortem Podcast and had this to say about how the creative team is approaching the R-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."

I'm a big fan of Marshall's early work, his horror comedy Dog Soldiers still holds up fifteen years on, and The Descent remains one of my favourite horror movies of all time. I'm less keen on Doomsday and Centurion, but his first two films left a lasting impression on me. Since taking a break from making movies in 2010, Marshall has directed memorable episodes of Games of Thrones, Black Sails, Hannibal, and Westworld. I'm still unsure if Marshall is the right fit for Hellboy, then again, who would have thought the filmmaker behind The Usual Suspects could direct an X-Men movie to perfection.

On a more reassuring note, Marshall added that he was keen to utilise as much practical effect work as possible.

"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."

Before he tackles Hellboy, Neil Marshall is currently directing multiple episodes of Netflix's Lost in Space reboot series that's due out next year. Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen is scheduled for release sometime in 2018 and will star Stranger Things actor David Harbour as Big Red.

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