SPAWN Remake Could Shoot Next Year, Says Todd McFarlane; More Horror/Thriller Than Superhero Film

     August 26, 2013


Another year, another reminder from Todd McFarlane that Spawn is still up for a reboot.  Originally adapted into a live-action feature way back in 1997 before comic book movies were welcomed into theaters with open arms (even as comics themselves were enjoying an uptick in popularity), the McFarlane creation proved a worthy adversary to long-established heroes and anti-heroes from Marvel and DC.  However, as the two comics-publishing giants continue to see cinematic success in the new millennium, Image Comics’ properties have yet to catch fire.  McFarlane hopes to change this with a film reboot, but instead of a superhero slant, he’s aiming for a horror/thriller (?).  Hit the jump for more.

The Gate reportsspawn-first-issue (via Heat Vision) that McFarlane is busy trying to tie up loose ends in his planned Spawn reboot in order to get the picture off the ground starting some time next year.  He’s been teasing this for a number of years now.  Why the delay, you ask?

“The thing that keeps slowing it down is that the negotiation I’ve done is I write, produce, direct, but I’ve got to push a lot of my other endeavors off to the side so I can just get tunnel vision on it. Everybody at my company is now going, ‘We’ve got to find Todd the time to finish all this.’”

Although this would likely slate the film for a release in the crowded movie market of 2015, McFarlane has a different take on Spawn that would distance it, wisely or not, from the superhero market:

“I think it’s a quick shoot. It’s not going to be a giant budget with a lot of special effects, it’s going to be more of a horror movie and a thriller movie, not a superhero one. I’ve got so many people phoning now that I’ve got to get it done. I’ve made some promises to people this year.”

As for casting, I certainly have some dream actors I’d like to see take on the mantle of Al Simmons/Spawn (as do most fans, I presume), but McFarlane hasn’t confirmed any specifics:

“We’ve had some big names […] come into the office and go, ‘We want to be in it.’ Sometimes they give me their pitch, I give them my pitch, I go, ‘We can get in it, this is how it goes,’ and so those types of actors–Academy Award guys–they’re going, ‘As soon as that scripts done, we’re going.’ So once we get this thing done, we’ll get it off the ground with some big names.”

So where are we at, exactly?

“[The producers] want me to deliver the script by the end of the year, which would basically mean we’d be shooting next year. So, that’s the goal right now.”

For those of you who are interested in hearing straight from McFarlane himself, especially as it concerns his toy line, watch the following video interview (via The Gate):




  • Andrew Jara

    You can really copy and paste this story once a year as McFarlane says this all the time. It would be funny if it wasn’t so sad

    • Murdoch

      This and Ghostbusters 3 for Dan Aykroyd. And i really wish this guy would stop saying that “Academy Award winners” are calling him non-stop, hoping to play Al Simmons. There are only so many Black oscar winners who could play the role at this stage in their career, (Denzel, Foxx and Cuba Gooding) and the only one desperate enough to still want a piece of that superhero pie is Cuba Gooding Jr.

      • Lex Walker

        Apparently Foxx said as recently as this year that he REALLY wants to play Spawn. So, Cuba might be desperate for anything he can get, but no one in their right mind chooses him over Foxx.

      • Murdoch

        Yeah, but “calling, repeatedly” as well as “asking for promises that its going to be him?” That doesn’t sound like Grammy/Oscar winning dude about to play Electro in the new spiderman movie.

      • Lex Walker

        Normally, I’d agree with you, but he’s been quoted as saying he’s “aggressively pursuing” the role, and he seems to visit McFarlane’s office annually, like a pilgrimage. You’re right, he certainly doesn’t NEED the role nor should he ever have to beg for it, but it seems like it might be one of his passion projects.

  • TheAvengersisaBore

    It’s good to hear that he’s planning on a different spin now that everyone and their mother is jumping on Marvel’s insipid “cinematic universe” bandwagon.

    • Kevin

      We still have room if you change your mind, big guy.

  • feloniousmax

    The man is more delusional each year.

  • fede1922

    if it’s true then i really want to see this movie. I hope he can pull it off

  • Lance

    The fact McFarlane’s writing the script will doom this movie, if it’s not already.

  • jocab_w

    Do people still care about Spawn?

    • RiddleThemThis

      That’s like asking if people still care about spider-man.

      • Murdoch

        Uhhhh . . . wouldn’t go THAT far. Spiderman just rebooted itself in an origin story that made the one that came 10 years earlier look light-years ahead by comparison, and yet kids all over the world still ate it up.

      • jocab_w

        …Not really. Spider-Man is a timeless character that has remained in the public eye for decades through various media. Spawn was a product of the 90s that hasn’t aged well and is an unknown property to a new generation. I don’t know of a single person who still reads the Spawn comics.

        I was just saying that I don’t know if audiences will even care to go see the film.

      • Merlin235

        Oh don’t be so silly.

    • Kevin

      I don’t think so. No one has really done anything with the franchise of note in the 16 years since the first live-action movie came out (unless there was a good comics run I don’t know about). Personally, since its a comic book movie, I’ll probably see it regardless of quality.

  • Kpaqu1

    Write, produce, and direct? The man is not sane.

  • i’m a fan

    i can’t blame the guy for wanting total control of this; writing, producing, directing. Spawn is his creation, his baby and i doubt he was satisfied with hollywood’s first run with it. i really want this movie to happen but i don’t see it getting off the ground until he’s willing to give up a little control. i hope i’m wrong.

  • Kevin

    The words “reboot” and “remake” are annoying. Why can’t we just say “new Spawn film”?

    • Lex Walker

      I think you mean “Re-Spawn film”

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  • Harry Palm

    “Image Comics’ properties have yet to catch fire.”

    That’s because Image comics suck. Those guys were artists, not writers and their comics were terrible. No one has cared about any of them in fifteen years.

    • jocab_w

      To be fair though, Image is putting out some quality books now, such as The Walking Dead, Invincible, Saga, Lazarus, and (for a time) Fear Agent.

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  • Mezmero

    Maybe it is diffrent by calling it horror/thriller but that
    won’t give it any room in thearters.
    How will it hold up when nobody wants to see comic book movie
    with no action. This is going to be a tough one to watch because they could made it R rated and keep the action and some CGI,this will be shitty. Their is no way Ninja Turtles changed as much as this has.

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