There's a small page of our archives here on Screen Rant that has - for the past few years - been solely dedicated to Spawn creator Todd McFarlane talking up another movie based on his popular comic book character.
Well, Spawn the comic book is about to drop its landmark 200th issue, which means that McFarlane has been given yet another opportunity to tell us all about his unending battle to bring the next Spawn flick to a theater near you.
Here's what we've heard from McFarlane for going on three years: he wants to do a "creepy, scary" Spawn movie and he wants to do it on an indie budget. He wants the character of Spawn to be an elusive and hardly-glimpsed force of nature in the film, rather than the focus. He's written up a script and is willing to finance the picture himself...if he can't get a studio deal.
Here's what McFarlane is now telling Hero Complex (hint: it's pretty much the same stuff):
Todd McFarlane: I’ve always seen Spawn as being cut from a different cloth. It’s more of an urban, psychological story that’s being told. The answer I’ve given the last few years is that Spawn should be a small-budget movie in which the only thing that’s out of the ordinary is this thing that intellectually we know as Spawn and there would only be a handful of people that see it. I call it “it” because it never talks, it’s just a force of nature. Really, the story revolves around the people who are trying to decide: “Is the ghost alive? Is the shadow actually moving?” When I give that pitch, some of the executives scratch their heads. To a lot of people, a movie where the [title] character doesn’t talk doesn’t make any sense. There have been a few movies like that. “Alien,” you know, that guy didn’t say much. Or ”Jaws,” the shark didn’t have too many speaking lines. “Jaws” is the closest example, the movie wasn’t about the shark, it’s about the people chasing the shark.
The story that I pitch is very tight, very contained, but done right. I want a movie that gets people’s hearts racing. I want to scare them. Spawn, done right, is a creepy character. Instead of a superhero who just stands there. That’s why Batman was always the coolest of all the good guys. I never had one moment of affinity for [Superman]. He was a Boy Scout right from the moment he hit the ground. He was always polite and said the right thing. I never felt like he was in danger because he could spin planets on his finger. Batman is a guy who could die if you threw him out of a window. More than that, even though he had women throwing themselves at him and millions of dollars, all he wanted to do was to wait until 3 a.m. and the pitch of black and say, “time to put the costume on and scare the bad guys.” I relate way more to that guy. Spawn is Batman untethered, without the corporation behind it. Batman without limits, Batman who kills the Joker.
There's plenty more where this comes from, so head over to Hero Complex to read it in full.
Look, we could dogpile on McFarlane all day about the amount of talk we've heard about this Spawn flick - but hey, the guy's passionate about his baby. I get that. The real question here is this: Do you think that the idea McFarlane is pitching for this Spawn flick is a good one? If so, maybe the guy should get some groundswell support for this thing; if not, then maybe it's time he maybe thought of a different approach - say, really pushing ahead with that new animated Spawn series we heard about awhile back?
Source: Hero Complex