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Todd McFarlane Updates On ‘Spawn’ Movie; Spawn Won’t Speak Or Be Main Character

Todd McFarlane Updates On ‘Spawn’ Movie; Spawn Won’t Speak Or Be Main Character

Todd McFarlane has been talking about a new Spawn movie for what seems like forever now, but the project finally inched closer to reality last year when it was announced that Blumhouse will produce McFarlane’s long-gestating passion project. McFarlane wrote and is directing the film, which he promises will be dark and most definitely rated R.

So what’s the latest on all that? McFarlane provides an update to AZCentral.

We just signed off on the script, and are going into budgeting. We’re also having our casting meeting,” McFarlane told the site. “It will be dark and heavy, serious, R-rated. It won’t be a superhero movie. I don’t think most people would categorize it as that. It will be a supernatural thriller, like a lot of good creep movies. The only thing in the movie that’s fantastic is Spawn, and anything else is otherwise normal.”

He continued, teasing the approach, “We don’t want to muddy the waters. It’s R-rated. Not like Deadpool, where there was just a couple F-bombs and a naked butt. Not like Logan either. We’re talking trauma, true trauma, as serious as possible. I like to explain that it’s my Jaws. Spawn doesn’t say a word the entire movie, and it’s the same way with Jaws. It’s about the sheriff and the people, chasing the ghost. That’s it. The lead role isn’t Spawn, the lead role is a cop, like Sheriff Brody from Jaws.”

I think we can hook a fairly significant actor that we want,” McFarlane teased.



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  • Creepshow

    “This is my Jaws.”

    Oh, you mean that rated PG movie? Ahahahaha, shat-ap!

    • jurgmandr

      there was actually a huge controversy back in the day about making that film PG. google that shit.

      • Creepshow

        What is my second assignment? Google the shit out of Temple of Doom?

        • Azwethinkweiz

          Two girls, one cup.

        • jurgmandr

          yes actually- google what devti shakti kali ma means. I also expect a detailed analysis on the accuracy of the indian cuisine shown in the film, minimum of 1000 words.

  • Daniel Anderson

    McFarlane, I’m ready for your Jaws. Bring heart back to horror.

    • Joseph Sheldahl

      You know the Spawn comics weren’t horror, right? This whole project is asinine.

      • ToryK

        Yeah, I genuinely can’t wrap my head around this one. Al Simmons is an American assassin who dies, goes to hell, and comes back as an American assassin with superpowers from hell. And Todd McFarlane wants to make a movie where none of that backstory matters or is explained, Simmons is simply a ghoul on a rooftop. Why would he try to drown everything that makes his own property…his own property, and then remold it into “another horror movie”?

        • Joseph Sheldahl

          Thank you! Spawn was like Ghost Rider, but a bit edgier because it wasn’t owned by either of the Big Two and it wasn’t aimed at a kid-friendly market. Spawn himself was legitimately a superhero. He fought demons and cyborgs and super-assassins. Todd needs to gtfo with this “Jaws” shit.

          • dsxy

            I’m expecting this to be as good as ghost rider….. As in utter shit, hope I’m wrong though but everything he’s saying just sounds off.

        • Tim

          Its a Blumhouse film so he’s not gonna have the budget required for great superhero fx so he’s pretty much forced to go down this route.

          • ToryK

            Right, but McFarlane backed himself into that corner on his own when he wrote the script the way he did. He could’ve shopped it around to screenwriters or directors he respects and actually gotten a Spawn film made. His need for control is why a small budget is even necessary.

        • NixEclips

          Budget. If he can make it cheap, he can direct it or be in control. This eliminates fx cost. Fuck McFarlane.

      • Daniel Anderson

        I disagree.

        • Jeff

          Then you aren’t very bright. Having demons,etc in something doesn’t make it horror.

          • Daniel Anderson

            How many franchises with demons mutilating people aren’t horror? You conflate someone not being bright because they don’t have your line of thinking when this is Spawn, not Legend. Its hard to see your point when your ego blocks its view.

      • Joshua Tyren Reece

        Its a bit McFarlanes own fault. In the beginning he talked about the movie like he would bring back the Horrormovies. And I was like “Since when was Spawn Horror?” It has Supernatural Elements like Demons and Monsters but for me it was always a more serious Lobo.
        But Horror? Not really.

  • Jack Derwent

    I’ll eat my hat if he’s able to make a film as half as good as Logan was.

    • ScorntobeBlue

      Lmao!

      • Jack Derwent

        Spawn hasn’t been relevant in over a decade and McFarlane is the only one trying to get this made.

    • Nahuel Benvenuto

      Logan is just decent, not a great movie

  • Christopher Nickerson

    “couple of F bombs” really, has he even seen Deadpool?

    • Nahuel Benvenuto

      dumb movie

      • Jeff

        You are a dumb person. Go back under your bridge troll.

  • Sky Commander

    Spawn’s not going to say a word okay if he pulls it off and it’s good, nice. If not well…. shit.

  • Judge Satchmo

    Thou shalt not use Jaws name in vain. Thou shalt not have any other Jaws’ other than Jaws!

    • Creepshow

      Jaws is one of the only movies that I would call “A perfect film”. When it’s on, I cannot look away.

    • Baron Von Marlon

      What about Big Jaws?

  • Comparing it to other films already? Lack of confidence …

  • American Atheist

    Just do a movie based off of the HBO series. Put some episodes together and there’s the movie. I love the Spawn HBO series. It was well done.

    • Nahuel Benvenuto

      it was bad

      • sedoi

        it wasn’t

      • Jeff

        No it wasn’t. Keep quiet troll.

  • zombie84_41

    lol its like jaws lmfao. that made me lol alot

  • Papa_spoosh

    Take a cue from the new spawn you’re inventing and zip it! Shitting on recent fantastic movies and comparing your unmade movie to an iconic classic? Impressively, he just killed any interest I had in this movie with jist a few words.

  • Chance LeBoeuf

    Why are people exicited for this again? Is it because you think Todd really driving this movie means you should have confidence?

    Todd’s true calling in life is making toys, as he was never that good at this other stuff. He also wants to push this in an arbitrary new direction, and won’t let anyone with experience with this help him.

    Callimg it right now. Todd will make a very underwhelming and disappointing movie, and only then will people see Todd should just stick to toy making.

    • sedoi

      you obviously never saw Spawn Animation which was amazing. If this anything like this, it would be awesome. Not mentioning Spawn was one of the best indie comic books out there

      • Jeff

        It won’t be anything like the animated. Spawn ISN’T the main character and won’t speak. This will be a shit movie. Todd is off his rocker.

        • sedoi

          in animation some parts of story were entirely dedicated to Sam and Twitch, which I suspect will be main case in this movie as well. In Animation there was also big chunks were Spawn was more of a background character, than main point, so I’m openminded on it. Also this was response to claim “Todd never done anything amazing”

          • Joseph Sheldahl

            Todd didn’t do the animated series. That’s kind of the point.

          • sedoi

            it was still directly based on his works, unlike movie, which took far more liberties.

          • Joseph Sheldahl

            Not really. The movie only changed Al’s friend’s race, and swapped Chapel with Priest- who ended up getting written into the comics. The movie was bad because it wasn’t allowed to be R-rated, and as an origin story, it was stuck mucking around in the suburbs. This stuff goes by quick in a comic book, you can always grab the next issue. But in a movie, it kinda blows when your epic finale is in someone’s living room.

            But, really, the plot and casting of the movie were are incredibly faithful to the comic. It just wasn’t handled right. Shitty voice overs, annoying transitions, a lack of actual action scenes, a lack of focus in the narrative, shitty dialog, bad acting, etc etc.

          • sedoi

            Movie ommited lots of stuff comic went by. Such as Viloator initially being much more powerfull than spawn, ommiting his hobo interactions, turned Jason Wynn into laughable clown, etc etc. Lack of budget, lack of R Rating and attempt to turn it into generic Comic Hero movie killed it. So maybe different approach will work.

      • Inferus

        I saw the animated series. Todd didn’t write the scripts, direct, or animate it. The driving force was Alan McElroy who has a background in the Spawn comics as well as horror movies. Todd is just like Liefeld and the other primadonnas of the 90s: pushing visuals rather than story. With no background in film, I’m very hesitant to see what he brings.

        • sedoi

          considering hbo series was in many points direct adaptations of comics, I dunno how you came up with this opinion.

  • Chūjitsuna Heiho

    Reacted to the MacFarlane name realized it was someone original, not Seth. My mistake.

    • Joseph Sheldahl

      It’s literally the creator of Spawn. Been relevant a lot longer than Seth has.

      • Chūjitsuna Heiho

        I hear you.

  • Baron Von Marlon

    I’m not getting my hopes up but but “Dark and heavy, serious R-rated supernatural thriller” certainly sounds interesting. Love me some proper dark stuff.

  • Jérémy Kuprowski

    While Spawn is certainly not as talkative as Lobo or Deadpool, having him not say anything at all and not even be the main character of a movie named after him seems like a very risky move… I’m wary about that one. As much as I’d like it to succeed.

  • Jonathan Larsson

    An interesting choice. While I would’ve wanted something a little closer to the comics, this may give the movie more of a leg up when competing with DC and Marvel movies. At its best, this format might be something like Seven.

    • NixEclips

      Seems the new Hellraiser is already doing that.

  • Evan3

    Quotes like this make me wonder of McFarlane has ever read a Spawn comic…

    • Inferus

      Well, when some of them are simply unreadable. Satan Saga Wars, I’m looking at you.

    • FortesqueX

      Right? He even made a lot of questionable statements about the 1997 “Spawn” movie (He said he didn’t even want the cape in the movie…wanted it to be more “sci-fi” than anything)…and we all know how that turned out.

  • Nahuel Benvenuto

    something decent can come out but not holding my breath on this one

  • sedoi

    People are so angry about Jaws compare, that they completelly missed the point he was making. It’s not about wether Jaws classic or not, it’s about film structure, how Spawn be more like a Shark, menacing presence instead of a protagonist, which gonna turn film to another perspective.

    • Joseph Sheldahl

      No, I got the point. I still think it’s a stupid perspective. I want Spawn to talk, fight monsters, and be the main character. I think everything about this pitch is retarded.

      • sedoi

        I think people should first give it a chance before picking pitchforks.

        • Joseph Sheldahl

          I’ll give it a chance regardless, but I reserve the right to insist it sounds stupid.

          • gabriel

            Can’t wait for this and Venom. They will make people forget about the MCU

          • Joseph Sheldahl

            Nah. Not like you can forget an entire decade of good movies just because two new ones come out.

        • Evan3

          Nah, I’d rather have my pitchfork.

  • Lady Bathory

    Sounds like a really interesting approach. If they get a great actor who has an impressive on-screen presence, Spawn doesn’t have to speak. The character can be like a rumor or dark fairy tale where people don’t know whether or not he’s real.
    I just hope “the cop” will be a likable person and not a shoot first, ask later type of cop.
    And the fact that it’s not going to be like that mess of a film “Deadpool” makes it even better.

    • Jeff

      Your entire post is invalidated by your diss at Deadpool. You are a fool.

      • Lady Bathory

        Oh no “Jeff” doesn’t agree with me…

      • Black Panther

        Someone doesn’t get how opinions work…

      • gabriel

        Deadpool was funny in the opening sequence. That’s it.

  • Black Panther

    The new Spawn movie isn’t one I’m extremely excited about but it does sound good from what’s known so far. Hellboy and Spawn could be the new generation of meaningful, mature superhero themed movies.

    • Joseph Sheldahl

      That’s… really hilarious to me, because both Hellboy and Spawn were always a world away from meaningful and mature. Hellboy was a beer-slamming demon who fought crazy monsters. Nazi gorillas with heads in jars, giant squids from hell, zombies, etc etc. And that’s just the comics. Spawn was the pinnacle of 90’s excess. More guns, more belts, more guns, more belts. Every page of Spawn from issue 1 through 30, is screamingly loud, in your face, over the top, and completely ridiculous.

      Meaningful and mature sounds absolutely boring when you’re talking about Hellboy and Spawn. There’s definitely a way to do them better than before, but that’s not it.

      • Black Panther

        I disagree. Seems like our understanding of boring is very different. That’s ok though. It’s possible to make a mature movie with a meaningful message AND be entertaining. I don’t want an MCU style movie or one that thinks you can fill 2h with fart jokes.

      • NixEclips

        The Maxx is more meaningful and mature than Spawn. Still like the in your face of Spawn, though.

  • Dan Warren (Forgottenretroworl

    Should have replaced the original film’s “Spa” with “Clo” as he stole the show. Was quite funny, though.

  • Barringtron

    Seems like a fairly sensible decision from a budget point of view. It’s a bold choice – be interesting to see the end result

  • Otterlee

    But what a butt it was…

  • Inferus

    He’s comparing his new Spawn movie to Jaws? Sounds more like a Hellraiser riff, though I doubt they’ll go THAT mature with the content. They’ll definitely have to do a character redesign because the look just doesn’t look good on film.

  • Joe

    Pretty such there was a cock in deadpool too.

  • I Am Colossus

    Hmmmm………nope no not liking the idea I’ll wait for a trailer, could be good….but I don’t know

  • RedNeoCon

    NEWSFLASH TODD…….

    …..Spawn is not a fish.

  • jurgmandr

    The only way this can work is if they have the Violator harassing him and doing basically all the talking like he did in the animated series. A spawn film without violator isn’t a spawn film.

  • FortesqueX

    That’s just what I watch “Spawn” for…random cops.

  • Glitchiee Glitch

    this movie is going to suck a bag of dicks

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