The upcoming reboot of Image Comics’ Spawn will be one of the most highly anticipated superhero movies in the coming years. The movie is set to begin filming next year in February. The previous movie was a total blunder and a catastrophe in every sense of the word. Todd McFarlane, the creator of Spawn, makes his directional debut this time. Can he make all the difference? From what we hear, the comparatively low budget movie wont be an origin story.
Speaking with Yahoo! Here’s what he said:
“Two days ago, I sent off the last of Blumhouse’s notes, so we’re going to move forward with budgeting, so we’ll know how much money we need. We’ll likely put that money together in short order, because a hundred people want to give me money, and I’ve got lots in my pocket. Once we put the money together, we’ll go to Hollywood and start selling it as a pre-distribution deal that would guarantee us a release date we can all agree upon and a certain number of screens.”
The 1997 movie Spawn is one of McFarlane’s greatest demons. Something he vocally repudiates in the media. McFarlane claims his vision for the movie might just end up saving a possible future franchise. Being made on a shoestring budget of 10 million dollars, Blumhouse Productions (of Insiduous and Split fame) backs the movie.
The new Spawn movie will focus more on the horror element. It wont retell how the former King of Hell came to be the man he is. “I’m OK without an origin,” he said. “Just give me a compelling story, scare the shit out of me from time to time, and I’m along for the ride.”
McFarlane explains his reasons quite vividly and convincingly. He claims his take on the Image Comics character is influenced by Spielberg’s Jaws and Carpenter’s The Thing. He says and we quote:
“I always come back to Jaws, not that I have a shark in Spawn! But that shark was enormous. And at anytime in the movie, did they tell me why the shark was so damn big? No! Did it matter to me? No! All that mattered was that it was big and in the same vicinity as humans. Or John Carpenter’s The Thing: where do the aliens come from? I don’t know! What was its reason for taking over bodies? I don’t know! It just was. I’m okay without an origin. Just give me a compelling story, scare the s*** out off me from time to time, and I’m along for the ride… To me, this story is my way of saying, ‘Spawn‘s been around for 25 years, and he’s been evolving for 25 years. This is where he’s at now.’ I can’t do the same story over and over.”
So long story short. Al Simmons dies, makes a deal with the Devil, returns back with a vengeance, adventure follows. But you wont be seeing him doing all that. You will just have to bring your minds up to speed by yourself. The movie, McFarlane explains, will not be based on the existing comic book arcs but have a completely new story line. He is certain the movie will be a blockbuster. Only time will tell.
The release date for the Spawn movie reboot hasn’t been decided yet. Hold on to your horses a little bit more. We will keep you posted on all the latest developments until then 🙂