HELLBOY: THE CROOKED MAN director says no AI is used, says it’s ‘gloriously 100% practical’

There is a new Hellboy movie currently in production titled Hellboy: The Crooked Manwhose release is expected by the end of the year.

This is yet another cinematic reboot of Mike Mignola’s beloved comic, and has been in the works for several years. Nothing has been revealed for the film yet, but it has already found itself in a bit of controversy.

During a recent panel at the 74th Berlin International Film Festival, Jonathan Yunger, president of Millennium Films, seemed to indicate that he had used artificial intelligence to redesign a previously viable creature on Hellboy: The Crooked Man.

He said: “I managed to make 3000 creature drawings in an hour. So now I can start selecting them and editing them and then send them to visual effects.”

A lot of people didn’t embrace the AI ​​overlord, so as you can expect, people were pretty angry with this. So, director Brian Taylor taken to means of social communication to clear things up and confirm that Yunger was misquoted and that his comments about AI pertained to another film in Millennium’s portfolio.

Taylor reassured fans that “our gloriously practical hellboy looks phenomenal.”

The director said: “to be clear: there is exactly *ZERO* AI used on Hellboy: the crooked man. both characters – Hellboy and the crooked man – were created and shot gloriously matter-of-factly, as the movie gods intended, without any CGI enhancements… and they look GORGEOUS.”

He went on to explain, “that was misquoted, my friend. the comment was referring to a different film, THE OFFERING. rest assured that no artificial intelligence is used on HBTCM and our gloriously practical hell boy looks phenomenal. the article was probably written by AI…”

So don’t worry, AI isn’t being used to ruin this Hellboy movie. Let’s hope the real creative team doesn’t ruin everything either!

The film’s script is written by the creator of the franchise Mike Mignola AND Chris Golden. The story is based on the comic of the same name and in that story Hellboy teams up with a rookie BPRD agent named Tom Ferrell and they find themselves stranded in the rural Appalachians of the 1950s.

It’s there that they “discover a small, witch-infested community, led by a local devil with a disturbing connection to Hellboy: Crooked Man’s past.” The story will “expand Hellboy’s world through one of the comic book series’ most beloved themes.”

Jack Kesy he plays the role of Hellboy in the film and when talking about the film Mignola talked about the director’s vision for the film saying: “His intention is to make a horror film, so it will be cute. It will be interesting.

He added: “Yesterday I read the new draft of the script and yes, it’s definitely R. It’s the first Hellboy script I’ve read and thought, ‘Oh, it’s a horror movie,’ which is what I wanted.

Mignola continued: “Taylor doesn’t have a reputation as a horror director. But so far we’ve had two horror movie directors make Hellboy movies and we’ve never made a horror movie.”

He continued, “For years we’ve said, if you’re going to make a Hellboy movie, make it small. And the perfect story to do this is my favorite, “The Crooked Man”. I think it’s one of the best things I’ve ever written.

He explained: “It’s beautifully illustrated by Richard Corben, and it’s a solid story that doesn’t involve a million different characters. Actually everyone agreed from the beginning: “Yes, we want to do this.” Budget-wise, it’s good because it’s a lower budget story. It’s not the origin of Hellboy. Hellboy isn’t the one saving the world. It’s not huge. It’s a subtle, dark, folksy horror story.”

Mignola also said that this film is one of the most faithful adaptations so far.

Via: MotionPictures.org

by Joey Paur
Source: Geek Tyrant

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