With the massive success of Deadpool, it’s time for Hollywood to pick up all the similar properties they can — to create matching rated-R franchises. It’s been twenty years since 1997’s Spawn, and ever since then, creator Todd McFarlane has been pushing to reboot a darker one. He’s been spectacularly public about his desire to pull this off, and we’ve heard a half-dozen times that the film was already happening. But now, it sounds like the stars may have aligned for McFarlane, because Spawn is exactly what the industry is looking to produce.
Over the years, McFarlane has tried to get this project moving through big name attachments, including courting Jamie Foxx for the role (and later bailing on him as an option based on some interview comments). At one point, he even claimed he was going to self-finance the reboot, citing Mel Gibson as an inspiration.
“My goal to some degree is to self-finance and I know [people] go, ‘that’s dumb and that’s crazy,’ but years ago, Mel Gibson did it with ‘The Passion of The Christ.’ So I sort of call this one, Spawn from hell: my passion of the anti-Christ. In my mind I can do this thing with 10 million bucks and if you keep it small they’re just gonna get an unknown director anyway for that kind of a budget, so I go, ‘If you’re going to get an unknown director, let me be that unknown director.’ Again, there’s nobody that’s argued it — they just go, “Then where’s the screenplay? Get it done.”
This all bring us to this week’s update.
McFarlane, in a Facebook video post, shows off the new script for the Spawn reboot, which is currently sitting at 132 pages. He talks about the state of the film industry and then announces his script is going to be viewed by multiple people before he takes it to potential lead actors and then announces his official financiers.
The comments are pretty much what you’d expect: longtime fans saying “We’ve heard this before, so we’ll believe it when we see it, Todd.”
Todd McFarlane loves this property and he understands this property. He’s absolutely the right person to take this on, since he’s adapted it into so many different mediums over the years.
For reminder of how much fun Spawn can be, check out the HBO animated series he made right here: