Todd McFarlane Talks Next Spawn Movie

Published 6 years ago by , Updated August 22nd, 2013 at 3:49 pm,

Spawn creator Todd McFarlane was at the Hollywood Tempe, Arizona premiere of X-Men Origins: Wolverine earlier this week, and IESB was on hand for a video interview. During the discussion, McFarlane let one bombshell in particular drop: he currently has five offers on the table to do a new Spawn movie!

However, it gets deeper than that: McFarlane went on to say that the deals on the table range from big-budget studio projects, to modest-budget indie projects that would allow him more creative freedom. Right now he’s still debating what he wants the next Spawn movie to be (though making it NOTHING like the craptastic 1997 version is a good start).

McFarlane claims to be leaning more toward the indie side of things. The Spawn movie he envisions (and subsequently told IESB about) is (to paraphrase) “not a ‘comic book movie,’ it’s just a scary movie, a creepy movie, where everything is real except for one element, which is the character we know as Spawn.”

Ok so that sounds like a pretty good angle for Batman Begins a Spawn movie, right? As the IESB interviewer interjected at one point, a “realistic” Spawn film could be pretty well grounded in the characters of Sam and Twitch, the two police detectives in the comic books who are always left cleaning up Spawn‘s unholy messes.

However, other statements McFarlane made during the interview concern me. He claims at one point that since he has two teenage daughters now, he envisions the next Spawn film as being something that would (again, to paraphrase) “get them and their dates into the theater.” Riiiiiiiiight. McFarlane also drops this wonderful tagline for the film: “Think of [The] Departed with something sort of moving in the shadows a little bit.”

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For any youngsters who may not be familiar, the Spawn comic books were big in the 90’s, and the story is basically about a special ops mercenary who is betrayed by the government and murdered, only to strike a deal with The Devil to come back to Earth to be with his wife. Of course The Devil screws him over (he IS The Devil), and the mercenary returns to earth as a living corpse trapped in a parasitic symbiote uniform and powered with a limited amount of magic that, when spent, will usher his return to Hell to serve as lead general in The Devil’s war against Heaven.

Now WTF about that sounds like The Departed to you?

I only get more concerned when I hear McFarlane’s reasoning for an indie Spawn movie: if the budget is low enough, he’ll have more leverage to write and direct the film than he would at a major studio, where he would most likely be resigned to producing.

Oh man… Todd McFarlane directing the next Spawn movie? I know the guy created Spawn and all, but in my opinion, giving somebody too much creative control of a film is usually a bad idea. Especially if they don’t have experience commensurate with the challenges of the material. The 1997 Spawn debacle proved what can happen when the property is put in the wrong director’s hands. Let’s not repeat history.

For IESB‘s full interview with Todd McFarlane (he also discuss how his project with David Fincher, Torso, recently fell apart, as well as possibility of resurrecting HBO’s Spawn animated series), you can click here.

Do you think the next Spawn film should be a big-budget studio flick, or a low-budget creep-fest under Todd McFarlane’s creative control?

Source: IESB

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  1. i enjoyed the 97 film and would love to see a new one

  2. I liked the 97 film mainly because of Michael Jai White. If they do another film, they need to get the right director, not McFarlane (look at The Spirit). This story is totally not like The Departed but it can be an epic film with the right people involved and the right effects.

  3. I agree, except for the horrible CGI “hell” scenes I enjoyed the ’97 movie.

    Give it to a studio and hope for the best. And if you want it to be good, try to get WB to take it and not FOX.

  4. I liked the old movie, and will not watch a second one if they cop out on decent special effects. Also, they threw in a tall red-headed women walking through in the dinner hall scene, and that, of course, was a nod to fans that maybe Angela was watching what was going on. She needs to be in the second film as well. Don’t know who Angela is? Well, WIKI it. Not in the mood to teach tonight.

  5. The first Spawn movie was okay. Needed more cape, and definitely less corny scenes and Spawn using guns. Also a Spawn movie absolutely has to be R-rated, you can’t make a PG-14 Spawn movie and do it right. I can see McFarlane writing it, definitely not directing though. You need someone experienced, and this movie would rely heavily on good special effects too along with a good story.

  6. PG-14?

    What country are you from?
    Not a slam … just curios.

  7. this guy has been saying part 2 is coming soon since part 1 came out either make it or shut the hell up I am getting sick of this guy

  8. I want Spawn more powers,claws and weapons. He can also change suits. Lets make a movie with Spawn vs Carnage or Spawn vs Toxin.

  9. i would love to watch another spawn movie in the upcoming future, because i have been waiting for it to be publish or shown, for me the next movie spawn is about the world gonna end with the devil attacks again or just spawn saving his wife whose in danger about the clown kidnap the wife