Entrepreneur Todd McFarlane teased during an interview with The Gate that he hopes to have a script ready by the end of the year for a reboot of ‘Spawn,’ the 1997 live-action movie based on his seminal 90s comic book, starring Michael Jai White as the title character and John Leguizamo as his enemy, The Clown. Though critically drubbed, the movie was a modest success, taking in $54 million domestically and talk of a sequel began almost immediately. Unfortunately, the project has been stuck in “development hell” ever since. McFarlane, at one point, said that the script would actually focus on two supporting characters, police detectives Sam and Twitch, rendering Spawn himself without any lines, but it’s unsure if this new script is the same.
He explained, “[The producers] want me to deliver the script by the end of the year, which would basically mean we’d be shooting next year. So, that’s the goal right now.”
He added, “The thing that keeps slowing it down is that the negotiation I’ve done is I write, produce, direct, but I’ve got to push a lot of my other endeavors off to the side so I can just get tunnel vision on it. Everybody at my company is now going, ‘We’ve got to find Todd the time to finish all this.”
He further elaborated, “I think it’s a quick shoot. It’s not going to be a giant budget with a lot of special effects, it’s going to be more of a horror movie and a thriller movie, not a superhero one. I’ve got so many people phoning now that I’ve got to get it done. I’ve made some promises to people this year.”
McFarlane was tight-lipped about casting, but insists that some big names have approached him, interested in the project. “We’ve had some big names […] come into the office and go, ‘We want to be in it. Sometimes they give me their pitch, I give them my pitch, I go, ‘We can get in it, this is how it goes,’ and so those types of actors–Academy Award guys–they’re going, ‘As soon as that scripts done, we’re going.’ So once we get this thing done, we’ll get it off the ground with some big names.”
If filmed next year, ‘Spawn’ could hit theaters in 2015, the same year as ‘Batman Vs. Superman’ and ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’. With its darker tone, ‘Spawn’ can probably avoid comparison, but is this one comic book movie too many? Are you interested in a supernatural comic movie? Who would you cast? Comment below!