Todd McFarlane offers peek at new Spawn script, promises movie is still happening

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Mar 15, 2016

It’s been a long time coming, and now Todd McFarlane has offered up the first look at his new Spawn script.

To help stoke some interest for the long-gestating project, the acclaimed comic creator posted an update on Facebook letting fans have a tantalizing peek at the script, which came with the promise that the film really is going to happen eventually. McFarlane said his current draft is 132 pages long, and he wants to trim that to 125 pages (which would make for an approximate two-hour film) before actually trying to get it into active development. Considering the immense success Deadpool is enjoying, you’d have to think the climate for McFarlane’s R-rated Spawn just got a whole lot more welcoming.

Though he doesn’t offer up any plot details here, we actually chatted with McFarlane a while back about the project, and here’s how he explained the concept:

“The more interesting concept to me is of this sentinel, this being, the Spawn, and that force is now walking in a normal world. It has the look of any other R-rated movie. I’ve never been big fan of PG-13 action movies, because I do that all day. I need a dose of reality. I’ve always been a drama guy. I just want to do a movie that, minus the one supernatural element, the rest of the world is completely normal.

It harkens back to my days as a kid watching horror movies. There was Dracula in that world, and that was it. There's not 12 Draculas. The monster was the only fantastic element in that world. You could say the same thing with movies like The Exorcist. There’s only one girl who can spin her head, not 12, and the guy that tried to exorcise her didn’t have special powers. You take that girl out of the movie, and it was just the world. Those have always been more intriguing to me. That’s the story I’m working on with the screenplay.”

Check out McFarlane’s video post below and let us know what you think. Is the time finally right for a new Spawn?

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