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It was 1997, Todd McFarlane was one of (if not the) top creator going in comic books. He previously rose to acclaim working on Amazing Spider-Man, and being considered the co-creator of Venom. One of 5 originators of Image Comics – a brand that gave the creators ownership of the characters they made. The main character he created for the Image brand was Spawn. A story of a man that was not the greatest of people prior to his death. Coming back and wreaking vengeance as a hell-spawn, while fighting the inner turmoil of correcting who he was prior. The comic was extremely popular, and so was everything Todd got involved with. A toy line and HBO cartoon about the character were very well received.
Then the big dog: a major motion picture starring rising actor Michael Jai White in the title role. Starring also was John Leguizamo who had made a name for himself in such films as To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar, Romeo + Juliet, and The Pest. Not to mention veteran actor Martin Sheen. The film bombed, and it bombed bad. It currently resides at 18% on Rotten Tomatoes. So with that utter failure why talk about another movie? Because this is a site where we cover all things nerd, and some small details have been given about the new project.
Back to the Drawing Board
McFarlane has said he’s going to bring Spawn back to the big screen the way it should have been the first time. With a hard R-rated film that will knock our socks off. I have a feeling that Todd wants the film to be more like the HBO cartoon in tone the n what the film was. Todd recently sat down with AZ Central and discussed comics, cons and most importantly the new Spawn film. He was asked about the current status of the Spawn movie, and how it will differ from the original.
Todd McFarlane stated,
“We just signed off on the script, and are going into budgeting. We’re also having our casting meeting…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 further “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.”
So the film is in the green lit stage and we should be getting casting announcements shortly. It sounds as if they are going more for a horror genre than a comic book movie. Which may work well for the dark gritty nature of the comic, but will it work for the fans of the 1990’s staple? He then continues to give a little more detail about the story,
“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. Unlike a superhero movie, we wouldn’t need an actor to put on prosthetic (makeup) or go to the gym. We just need him to act.”
So Why Call It A Spawn Movie?
Ok yes, the original movie was a flop. The god-awful thick latex suit looked terrible, and it was more comic book than movie. A thing that many audiences couldn’t embrace properly. Being that the average person back in 1997 going to see movies was not big into comic book films, unless they had “man or men” in their title (Superman, Batman, X-Men – you get the point.) Beyond those glaring issues the script, acting, and direction was just bad. The answer isn’t to go back and completely recreate the film with Spawn popping his head out of the shadows every 15 minutes to say “hey guys remember this is a Spawn film.” Oh wait! He can’t do that because he’ll be mute, but maybe he’ll use sign language.
Before I beat up too much on Mr. McFarlane, the interview does go further into explaining the reasons for the choices being made in the film. It is explained that the film only has about a ten million dollar budget and this was done to keep 100% creative control. Which is also why he chose to go with Blumhouse Productions to make the film. In order to get the proper spectacle needed and transfer what was in the comic to screen without looking terribly hokey, a much bigger budget would be needed, and that wouldn’t happen without Todd letting someone else direct.
So a Spawn film is coming, if you can really call it that. I pray it looks good and does well. Then maybe we can get a proper rendition of the comic done right on screen. Until then crack open those bags and boards and read to your hearts content. Another great way to get your dose of Spawn is to find the old HBO cartoon and give that a watch. If you want to read the entire interview head over to AZ Central.
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