This just in BH fans! Creator of Spawn Todd Mcfarlane sat down with the good folks of Assignment X and touched on the often rumored Spawn movie reboot. Read the details yourself right here!
AX: Is the time right to bring SPAWN back as a new feature film?
McFARLANE: Yeah. I’m hoping to have the script done hopefully in the next couple of months. I’ve talked to a couple of producers – can we get shooting by the end of the year if I can get that script in good order? But it’s a complete reboot. It’s a ten-million-dollar, R-rated supernatural movie that takes all the superhero stuff out of it. So for people who want to go see an IRON MAN redo, that’s not it. For people who like THE CONJURING, then it’s going to be right up that alley.
AX: Will it be a horror film?
McFARLANE: Not “horror.” Because that’s a weird word, right? Supernatural thriller. I grew up on things like ROSEMARY’S BABY and THE OMEN, things like that. Those movies only had one fantastic element in [them], and it was the supernatural or the ghost, and everything else in the world was normal. With superheroes, you have to have the hero, the super-villain, the fantastic headquarters, sometimes even the sidekick and you get more and more fantastic. This is just going to be THE DEPARTED and L.A. CONFIDENTIAL with a ghost moving around in it.
AX: Did you feel that the 1997 version of SPAWN, with Michael Jai White in the title role, did work but just came out at the wrong time, or did you feel that there were problems with it that you want to correct this time?
McFARLANE: I mean, we had a first-time producer, first-time director, first time I was involved, and so we did as good as we could, given the inexperience that we had. So I thought on a scale of one to ten, it was a five. It probably would have done better if it had come out in the midst of all the superhero stuff, because we were sort of a little bit ahead of the curve, and some of the special effects weren’t quite up to the standards that they are right now, so it was what it was. I wasn’t in charge. Would I have made some changes? Absolutely. I made a deal where I let other people do it. So the next one will be the small-budget one. What when I go to meetings [about SPAWN], there is only one non-negotiable. I write, produce, direct. And the only way you’re going to say “Yes” is if we keep the budget down and I deliver this R-rated, cool – because I’ve had way more people say they enjoyed the HBO version, which was a little bit darker and grittier, than the PG-13 film.
AX: Jamie Foxx has been talking about how he wants to play Spawn. Do his involvement with SPIDER-MAN affect that?
McFARLANE: No, no, no. You know, Jamie was out at my office. I thought we were going to keep it on the q.t. I’ve talked to some pretty high-profile actors. I think he’s just putting the pressure on me to get the script done. So I sold him on my pitch. I go, “Here, I’ve got an idea that could keep you in the SPAWN movies for twenty years, but it can’t be about physicality. It has to be more about a little bit of acting and then this specter, this sentinel, that moves around in an otherwise hard drama movie.”
There you have it guys, straight from the horse’s mouth!
What do you think?
Are you ready for this low budget reboot of the Spawn movie franchise?
How about it’s new genre of Supernatural-Thriller?
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