The legendary Todd McFarlane continues the lengthy battle to bring Spawn back to the big screen. A remake is something he’s been developing for years, promising a “hard ‘R'” adaptation allegedly about the Boogeyman, and in the vein of a horror film.
“I’d put it more into horror/suspense/supernatural genre,” he told Peel the Orange back in February. “In the background, there’s this thing moving around, this boogeyman. That boogeyman just happens to be something that you and I, intellectually, know is Spawn. Will he look like he did in the first movie? No. Will he have a supervillain he fights? No. He’s going to be the spectre, the ghost.”
And every single time an R-rated film breaks the box office, McFarlane appears to jump on its coattails. This past weekend, Fox saw yet another R-rated superhero movie destroy everything in its path. Logan, riding off the success of Deadpool, is another bloody and violent blockbuster. McFarlane, speaking to the Emerald City Comicon audience, brings up both films as examples of just how far he’s going to move the bar. If Deadpool was violent, and Logan was even more violent, Spawn is going to break right off the scale. “If here’s PG-13 and here’s Deadpool and here’s Logan, we’re going to be here,” he stated, using his hands to show just how far he plans to take it.
The biggest sell, however, is that he’s taking Spawn to a place he calls a “dark-R rating.”
I’m really happy that McFarlane isn’t selling out and taking any offer that comes his way, it sounds as if he wants to get this right and leave a legacy like none other…not that he hasn’t already.