Todd McFarlane Going Solo With Spawn 2?

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Todd McFarlane is talking about Spawn 2 (again) and if you’re a Spawn fan and have been waiting for a sequel or a proper feature film remake for the character, you probably know that there’s been lots of discussion about this project from McFarlane for years.

Now however, it looks like the comic book legend and toy creator is at the boiling point and ready to push this project into motion, even if he has to do it himself. Who better to take full control of the property than its true creator? Well, I’ll address this a little later.

Speaking to Newsarama, Todd McFarlane talked about the status of the next Spawn movie and what his plans are for it.

“I’ve had the idea in my head for over 10 years… and I want to write, produce and direct it and just go, ‘ here it is.’”

“I’m 80% through the script, I did my due diligence, went around Hollywood… I listened to the pitch from all the big studios, but I just went, ‘nah, I need to make this small and tight and contained.’”

“And if we keep the budget small, they’ll allow me to do all of that. [But] if you blow up the budget…and I understand that. I wouldn’t hire me, either. But then I have to give it away.”

In August, we reported that McFarlane had seemingly settled on the decision to make the next Spawn movie a much more adult, scary and realistic film. It also seemed (for a long time now) the comic creator was leaning towards going with a smaller indie studio to have more creative freedom over the project and keep it truer to not only the source, but from the mind of the source creator himself. That still seems to be the case but I don’t know how a movie based on Spawn can be made for so little.

At the premiere for X-Men Origins: Wolverine last spring, he said he had offers from five big studios but he’s continued to emphasize that he wants creative freedom to make the movie right in his vision and not like the 1997 version.

“All the small guys go ‘that thing [1997’s “Spawn”] opened up to $20 million last time!’ We could do a talking head [indie movie] for 8-9 million bucks or we can add an extra million to the budget and make a Spawn movie? Rock and Roll!”

“At this point in my life, I’d rather keep it smaller and maybe get fewer people to come see it, but actually just sort of extract out of my brain what I’ve been living with for the past 10 years.”

I don’t know if he actually had five interested studios or if he was just talking up the project. I also am unsure as to how to bring Spawn to life for such a low budget and have it marketed properly for a wide theatrical release (assuming that’s the objective). McFarlane continued to say that his other option is to finance it himself which is, needless to say, incredibly risky. Although, Kick-Ass was independently financed and look at the hype it’s receiving.

I do applaud his passion and desire to bring the character back and with him having more control, I think that can allow for a better film for the hardcore fans. If it comes down to him directing and writing, controlling the full creative process though, this is very worrisome. He has no major behind-the-camera experience and for regular moviegoers, a character like Spawn may be a more difficult sell, especially if it’s coming from a much smaller budget and hence, likely with no A-list star like Leonardo Dicaprio who McFarlane was name-dropping last summer.

We still have no time frame or confirmation that the Spawn remake is happening and same goes for the Spawn animated TV series that McFarlane was confident about in the fall. Is this all talk or are we finally going to see movement on Spawn sequel or remake soon?

Source: Newsarama

Art by Erik Von Lehmann

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  1. I don't put much stock into anything that has Fox's hands on it, Rob, when it comes to Marvel characters. But thanks for trying.

  2. He would make an excellent Isaiah Bradley (Black Captain America).

  3. McFarlane should go back to owning the hockey team and let Neil Gaiman and Alan Moore write his scripts. Oh he already did that and completely crapped on them.

  4. You aren't alone in feeling that way. The first two X-movies were good. What they do next will truely determine whether or not they can make a good Marvel movie.

    p.s. Try what?

  5. your attempt at making a good quality movie with Fox's support. I'm not sure if any marvel movie they have made so far is even up to the stadards of being good.

    • well,then could you please start making them since you know everything?

  6. I want to see a remake and a new person to play Spawn.

  7. Get mark flims involed then todd kickass did great why hold off on a great flim to come as long as u have the rights to spawn and allow a a-list director like mabe the guy who did the first texas chiansaw remake im sure will see a hit

  8. dude if you don’t have the same actor play spawn i will die…. seriously he was perfect for the roll!! i agree with the low budget kind of thing and keepings your vision for it that would be tight ! but keep just that one guy on there if you can . i’ve been waiting for another spawn movie since i watched the first one in 97!

  9. Hey I watched the old spawn all the time when I was young I reckon u should make number 2 or remake it but plz plz do not stuff it up cause I really love to first one. And see if u can get the same actor s**t when it’s not same actor plus he did Soooo good in it

  10. Im telling you right now i dont care what some haters says ill love to see part 2 with the same guy it dont matter if it change the script but if is not the same guy it wont be the same he is a good actor and todd if youre are reading this men theres a lot a people that i know theyre big time spawn fans like me so please finish that movie up youll get your money back

  11. Look, it’s not funny anymore. Spawn 2 is one of many movies they talk about since 10 years.

    Spawn 2, Ghostbusters 3, Short Circuit reboot/remake/interquel or whatever, Castlevania and many more are in production since like 10 years or more. C’MON. Make it or not. Don’t tell me the studios, these cheap ass, don’t have money.

    Maybe we need a Hollywood reboot/remake.

  12. Mighty Mcfarlane..
    Mighty Spawn..
    Really hope that Spawn Action Figures will make a return..
    I have got friends still keeping Spawn figurines ( me myself too..) and really hope to see new Spawn figurines appear in toys stall in Singapore again.. with the standard of great details, Spawn is truly the best among all action figure Creator..