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– by David Kozlowski

It’s been a pretty busy week in Hellboy news, as the cast has rounded-out, we got a peek at David Harbour in-costume/makeup, we learned that production is underway, and now we’re finally getting word about the release date for this R-rated, horror-superhero film. If you’re a Hellboy fan, it’s like Christmas/Halloween/Thanksgiving all rolled into one… too far? Fair enough. However, as a diehard Hellboy devotee, this has been an awesome ride, and it’s just getting started!

According to CBR, Lionsgate just announced the theatrical release schedule for Hellboy on January 11, 2019. That’s an odd date for blockbuster film, right? It’s not just me? Fan and media expectations were for a 2018 release, so it’s unclear what drove this release date.

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Currently, there are no other major films scheduled for this particular week (although, M. Night Shyamalan’s Split and Unbreakable sequel Glass opens a week later). So, it appears we’ve finally hit the point where blockbusters are released year-round, and it’s likely we’re getting a superhero film every month (at least) going forward.

Thematically, it’s a bloody odd time to release this film. Hellboy is being described as much more gruesome and dark than the previous two films. Honestly, mid-January is simply not a time of year that I pine for horror or superhero films, but I guess that’s just the world we’re living in now.

The other question this release date raises is why the long post-production phase? Most films shoot about 2 pages of script per day (and the average Hollywood script is 120 pages, or 1 page per minute of screentime). That equates to a roughly 2-3 month shooting schedule — obviously this varies wildly, I’m just giving you the shorthand version as I understand it.

If production is now underway, we should expect Hellboy‘s principal photography to end around Thanksgiving… and then it’s more than a year later before it hits theaters? A former co-worker of mine, who now works at ILM, says that this duration of post implies that a LOT of special effects are going into the film. In fact, a year of post-production is actually becoming standard on big-budget, blockbuster films.

Hellboy fans should therefore expect a CG and VFX-heavy film, which isn’t a bad thing. However, we’re clearly not getting a minimalist superhero film on par with either Deadpool or Logan, but rather something more in the Wonder Woman or Thor ballpark.

How do you feel a CG-heavy Hellboy film releasing in January 2019? Let us know in the comments down below!

Hellboy hits theaters in January 11, 2019.

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SOURCE: CBR

David Kozlowski is a writer, podcaster, and visual artist. A U.S. Army veteran, David worked 20 years in the videogame industry and is a graduate of Arizona State University's Film and Media Studies.