"We are preparing to shoot in May or June, but we don't start casting until January," del Toro tells Fango. The script, which tells of an imminent war between the creatures of fantasy and the human race, is currently being scrutinized from a monetary perspective. "We're still fighting the budget battle, so it could still go on a while before we start. But the difference between the first one and the second film is that you get all of the beats that the first one had, but like any franchise you hope it will bring freshness to the characters. I hope that in a way, we will be reinventing what we did on the first one."
Leads Ron Perlman in the title role, Selma Blair as fiery Liz and Doug Jones as Abe Sapien are all expected to return, and right now Hellboy 2: The Golden Army is being eyed for a summer 2008 release.