We’ve known that Todd McFarlane has been working on a new ‘Spawn‘ film that will give us a darker and new take on the character’s mythos and now this iconic creator has shared some new information on the film. One good thing for fans is that he has still emphasized that his vision is an R-rated horror film and not a typical comic book movie. That is pretty much in line with how Spawn has always come across.
During an interview regarding the CW DC crossover event featuring the “Invasion!” story arc he created, McFarlane was, of course, asked about ‘Spawn.’ Here’s what he had to say:
“It’s slowly moving forward, just trying to put all the pieces together both from an artistic and a financial. The intent is trying to finance as much as possible internally and then finding partners who will help in the production of it as we move forward. I can argue getting the money might be harder than getting everybody signed off on the story. What I can tell you is what I’ve told everybody else: it will be a definite R. I’m not going for the same crowd that Marvel and DC is going for; I’m going for the same crowd that horror film releases going for. People who want to take their boyfriend or girlfriend or go out with the girls and go to the movies and get spooked.”
The fact that this project will be rated R, it really just stresses that McFarlane always has and always will love monsters:
“When I started writing, even at the very beginning when they gave me a new Spider-Man book, it wasn’t an accident that in my entire run on that book, the characters in it were The Lizard, Wendigo, Morbius, and Ghost Rider. I was just putting a bunch of monsters in there because I love drawing them. Now Spawn is full of angels and demons.”
The only downside is that we might not be seeing much of Spawn himself based on some of McFarlane’s comments. How much we’ll get on the character and not the detectives that follow him remains to be seen.
One big takeaway though is McFarlane has officially mentioned that he wants to direct the film:
“I’ve been living with the idea for so long that I wanted to direct it, but I knew that if I gave it to Hollywood and they spent a lot of money on it then just from a practical point of view, it wouldn’t be fair for me to then say ‘I want to direct, It’s not good business to spend $80 million on movie and then give it to somebody who’s not known for directing movies — but if you can make a movie for $10 million, they’ll get a lot of less experienced directors to do those movies. So I knew I needed to keep the story and the budget both tight so that when I go to Hollywood and I say ‘I have to direct it, that’s not even a negotiation, so if you can’t accept that, then the conversation is over quickly,’ then once they understand the scope and size and budget of it, they’re like ‘Oh, okay. It’s not like Todd’s coming in here asking for $100 million and then saying let me direct my first movie. He’s saying ‘Give me $10 million to make a little horror movie and let’s see if we can scare some people. We’ve done that tons of times.'”
This sounds like exactly why he is really trying to get most of the funding in place ahead of time. We’ll see what happens as more details come out.
Are you looking forward to a ‘Spawn’ movie? Do you think McFarlane should be able to direct the film or will his inexperience in directing work against it? Share your thoughts below!
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