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Out of all the comic books getting movie adaptions nowadays, there is one character in particular that fans have been eager to see return to the screen once again after their first cinematic outing in 1997. That character of course is the demonic antihero, Spawn, who’s very creator, Todd McFarlane, has revealed that he has just finished working on the screenplay for Spawn’s newest film iteration.
While at the 2016 New York Toy Fair, McFarlane was interviewed by Comicbook.com about the status of the project.
“I’ve finished the script, and I’m in the process of editing,” said McFarlane. “It’s 183 pages, and [producers] usually like 120. I still think it’s going to end up being about 140, because I’m putting in details for myself.” He added that this movie would be “a hard R.”
McFarlane also revealed that the film wouldn’t be a superhero movie. “I’d put it more into horror/suspense/supernatural genre,” he said. “The Departed meets Paranormal Activity, something like that.”
“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.”
McFarlane also explained that part of his decision to stay away from the big budget approach of many modern superhero movies was so that he could make the film himself. “Basically, I can make this version of the movie on a budget without crazy special effects,” he said. “I want to keep it small, keep it tight, so they’ll let me direct it!”
The new Spawn Movie has been in development for years and the last time that McFarlane spoke about the film was back in 2013. Even though the script is still in the editing stages and the film has not been officially green lit by any studios, releasing a Spawn Movie now during a golden age of comic book movies where about four plus movies based on a comic comes out each year mark this as a perfect time for a movie like this to come out. Not to mention the massive success of Deadpool, another hard R movie with a low-budget that was not your average superhero movie, could inspire studios to take more chances on R rated comic book movies which Spawn would greatly benefit from.