New Spawn Film Adaptation Will Not To Be a Superhero or Action Movie. Spawn creator Todd McFarlane is hard at work lobbying a new film based on the anti-hero, but it looks like this incarnation of the character will be different from what we’ve seen before.
Speaking at the Toy Fair in New York, Todd McFarlane finally opened up about the new Spawn film. Finally finished with the screenplay, the comic book writer is currently in the process of editing it to shop around studios in Hollywood. McFarlane told ComicBook.com that this version would be a new take on the character. However, he assured fans that it will still be “a hard R”, but it won’t be a superhero or even an action film. “I’d put it more into horror/suspense/supernatural genre,” McFarlane said. “If you take the movie The Departed meets Paranormal Activity, something like that.”
McFarlane is looking to introduce Spawn as something different being brought into the world of this new film. “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,” he explained. “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.”
The Spawn creator compared the character’s presence to something that would come out of Japanese horror films like The Ring or The Grudge. “I think they all work because there’s only one thing in the movie that’s not normal. There’s not five things, there’s one thing that’s the boogeyman. So that’ll be Spawn,” he said. “He’s this thing that just whooshes in, this ghost that moves and will f*** you up if you’re in the wrong place in the wrong time, and the rest of the movie will look real, and be this real drama. He’s just this ghost, this thing behind it.”
With this new take on the character, McFarlane hopes Spawn would move away from the superhero genre that it originated from and explore some new ground with a not-over-the-top kind of special effects. “Basically, I can make this version of the movie on a budget without crazy special effects,” he said with a slight chuckle. “I want to keep it small, keep it tight, so they’ll let me direct it!”
Spawn’s popularity back in 90s brought in merchandise and spin-offs, including a 1995 film adaptation starring Michael Jai White and an HBO animated series running from 1997 to 1999. It looks like McFarlane is hoping to revive its reputation with this new film, and it sounds promising. What do you guys think of this new Spawn film? Would you watch it?
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