Spawn. You either love him or hate him. His presence is totally cool. And ya gotta love the characters human name, Al Simmons. What a cool name, huh? But a question has arisen amongst the masses. Especially the masses who read Screen Rant and we hear you! Is there wind of a Spawn sequel in the pipes?
Spawn is about a CIA agent named Al Simmons who is assassinated by his own people and gets sent to hell. Yet Simmons makes a bad deal with the devil and becomes an undead "hellspawn" back on Earth, all so he can see his wife just one more time. It gets complicated for me from there, suffice it to say that the character suffers greatly in his quests to fight evil and try to figure out how to break this terrible deal he made. To me, he's a tortured soul. I like the battle tortured souls must deal with.
Spawn first appeared in 1992 and has been a moving force in some form of media ever since. From comics, to toys and even a movie. The toys is where it all really took off. Over on Spawn.com, which is the home site for McFarlane Toys, they feature properties for HALO, Guitar Hero, Call of Duty and major league sports figures. Even though the success of his toys was the surprise spin off of everything, it's the movie that many are asking if there will ever be a sequel to.
Will there ever be a sequel?
Todd McFarlane was being interviewed over on GamePro.com about some games and associated toys and they dug a bit about his take on the very thing we are interested in, a new movie. And what I see is not something to get super hyped up about, but if the conditions are right, we may be in luck.
Todd said that ever since Iron Man hit the screen, he's been getting calls about moving forward on a Spawn sequel, but strangely enough, he's more focused on creating a low budget, cool, creepy kind of a movie rather than a big bucks extravaganza. That would be refreshing, and we know if done right, it can be done.
McFarlane is a very patient man. He wields a commodity that will not fade soon and he knows it. He was impressed with how Iron Man was marketed since he (McFarlane) felt Shellhead wasn't a premiere character. (Sorry Vic, you and Todd may have to have a chat some day!) What McFarlane seems to be waiting for is when the studios burn through the top tiered super heroes of their titles. Told you he was patient.
He wants to make a $10 million dollar movie but there's one hitch to the whole process and that is that he wants to direct it. He calls it the dealbreaker.
Though he didn't direct the first flick, he must have something up his sleeve to say that. Personally, if he's saying that's the dealbreaker, then the studios need to reconsider. This is the man behind the franchise who's been living with it since day one, and he just doesn't feel like he has to reconvey everything in his head to someone else. The man behind the vision of one of the more robust franchises out there can't be a bad candidate to direct the swirling mass of ideas in his head on a character he created. Can he?
The funny side of the issue is that he thinks at $10 mil, they'd end up with an inexperienced director anyway, so why not let it be him? In the same sentence he notes that Frank Miller is directing his own stuff. Nice subtle nudge there if you ask me... then again Frank Miller's The Spirit is looking pretty darned awful, so that might not be the best name to bring up right now. At least McFarlane didn't throw around Joss Whedon as another example, even if it is a good one.
If there were to be a Spawn sequel, what would it be like?:
Just to whet your appetites, he did touch on a very thin scheme of an outline in the interview. McFarlane said that if he would do the movie, it would be a drama with a spook in it. No super villian or nemesis, just "a sentinel stuck in the middle of The Godfather."
For the moment gang, there are no concrete plans to jettison a new Spawn movie at us, but if we're patient, we will see one sooner or later it sounds like. The comic is still going strong, they've got the animated series, you know it's inevitable. At least I think so. I'm patient. It better be worth the wait.
Source: GamePro.com, Image Cr: Spawn.com
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