We’ve already known that Todd McFarlane‘s cinematic take on his iconic ‘Spawn’ wouldn’t have the superhero as the main character and now we’ve learned that not only will he not speak in the film, but it won’t be a superhero movie at all! There have been clues dropping for quite some time as to the nature of the film with it not being an origin film to really being about Detective Twitch, much like the original television series was.
Ahead of a panel which he will be hosting with Stan Lee at ACE Comic-Con, MacFarlane has been talking a bit about the movie. From the sound of it, the plan looks to give fans a horror film with the superhero’s name attached to help sell tickets:
“We just signed off on the script, and are going into budgeting. We’re also having our casting meeting…It will be dark and heavy, serious, R-rated. It won’t be a superhero movie. I don’t think most people would categorize it as that. It will be a supernatural thriller, like a lot of good creep movies. The only thing in the movie that’s fantastic is Spawn, and anything else is otherwise normal.”
Now, anyone who has read ‘Spawn’ will see how easily horror can fit into the narrative as it is about a guy who sold his soul to the devil for another chance at being on Earth. Demons and serial killers and more all pop up throughout the series so this isn’t that big of a jump.
What is a jump is that ‘Spawn’ won’t have any dialogue in the film. While he isn’t necessarily the hero of the story, he isn’t a villain either, though it sounds as if he may be portrayed that way initially:
“I like to explain that it’s my Jaws. Spawn doesn’t say a word the entire movie, and it’s the same way with “Jaws.” It’s about the sheriff and the people, chasing the ghost. That’s it…The lead role isn’t Spawn, the lead role is a cop, like Sheriff Brody from “Jaws.” I think we can hook a fairly significant actor that we want. Unlike a superhero movie, we wouldn’t need an actor to put on prosthetic (makeup) or go to the gym. We just need him to act.”
Most likely the police will initially believe that Spawn is a murderer that they need to catch or the antihero is littering the streets with the bodies of criminals that the police either haven’t realized their crimes or aren’t fans of having a murdering vigilante on their soil. Either of these options is valid.
Are you interested in this approach on ‘Spawn’ when it eventually hits the big screen? Do you feel that this will be another Blumhouse movie that makes it big with a low budget? Share your thoughts below!
Sources: AZ Central