McFarlane Discusses ‘Spawn’ Reboot

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Not sure what many of you thought about the 1997 film adaptation of the popular Image Comics series Spawn created by Todd McFarlane. I guess it went okay. I preferred the animated Spawn reboot adaptation that aired on HBO for a few seasons before mysteriously vanishing. Whatever happened to Wanda’s Hellspawn?!? But I digress…

No matter what you thought of the 1997 movie (it really wasn’t that bad; Michael Jai White wasn’t bad at all and John Leguizamo certainly had fun hamming it up), fans and Spawn rebootHollywood, it seems have been clamoring for a return to the trials and tribulations of Al Simmons. MacFarlane was at Fan Expo in Toronto this past weekend, and in between signing some of his toy line creation packages, he had plenty to say about the next step in the Spawn film universe and the Spawn reboot:

“The reality is that I’ve got a lot of pressure. They want me to deliver the script by the end of the year, which would basically mean we’d be shooting next year. So, that’s the goal right now. The thing that keeps slowing it down is that the negotiation I’ve done is I write, produce, direct, but I’ve got to push a lot of my other endeavours off to the side so I can just get tunnel vision on it. And so everybody at my company is now going, ‘We’ve got to find Todd the time to finish all this.’”

What does McFarlane see in terms of production in the Spawn reboot?

“I think it’s a 60-70 day shoot. I think it’s a quick shoot. It’s not going to be a giant budget with a lot of special effects, it’s going to be more of a horror movie and a thriller movie, not a superhero one. I’ve got so many people phoning now that I’ve got to get it done. I’ve made some promises to people this year.”

We might also see some big names when it comes to casting. (Jamie Foxx, anyone?) When asked about actors that might be sniffing about, McFarlane said:

“You know what, we’ve had some big names–like who you’re mentioning–come to the office and go ‘We want to be in it.’ Sometimes they give me their pitch, I give them my pitch, I go, ‘We can get in it, this is how it goes’, and so those types of actors–Academy Award guys–they’re going, ‘As soon as that scripts done, we’re going’. So once we get this thing done, we’ll get it off the ground with some big names.”

Looks like we’re going to be seeing the old black cape and hellish chains up onscreen again before too long. Sounds like a plan to this Renegade Reporter. What do you guys and gals think of the Spawn reboot?

Source: The Gate

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Rick Tym
is an industrial equipment marketing professional by day who catches up on television and movies at night (well, mostly weekends). He has a love for all things horror and geek culture related, and also appreciates that comedy is the hardest genre of all in which to succeed.
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