Todd McFarlane says the Spawn script is finished, but don’t expect a superhero film

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Feb 17, 2016, 6:52 PM EST (Updated)

After talking about it for nearly seven years, Todd McFarlane has revealed that he’s finally finished writing the script for the new Spawn movie based on his highly popular Image Comics antihero character, created in 1992.

Speaking to at Toy Fair New York, McFarlane said he is now in the process of editing the screenplay in order to shop it around the various Hollywood studios and that this version will be a brand-new take on the dark superhero.

Not only will it be a “hard R,” as opposed to that dreadful PG-13 watered-down version we got in the 1997 movie starring Michael Jai White as the titular character, but the movie won’t even really be a superhero movie (nor an action film!). “I'd put it more into horror/suspense/supernatural genre. If you take the movie The Departed meets Paranormal Activity, something like that,” McFarlane said.

The legendary writer’s goal is to make Spawn something unique in the movie world. Here’s how he described his new take on Spawn, even comparing the comic-book character to those spooky evil "lurking" characters we find in Japanese horror movies such as Ringu/The Ring and Ju-On/The Grudge:

“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. 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. I think they all work [The Grudge, The Ring] 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’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.”

Hum. Okay. There are two main reasons Todd McFarlane wants to take the character this far away from his comic-book roots: 1) the fact that he's been wanting to explore that particular angle for a good while now and 2) money. “Basically, I can make this version of the movie on a budget without crazy special effects. I want to keep it small, keep it tight, so they'll let me direct it!”

With Deadpool finally proving that a hard-R-rated superhero film with limited budget and an amazing marketing team can make studios a boatload of money, I guess now’s the perfect time for Todd McFarlane’s new Spawn movie. But what do you think of McFarlane’s new vision for his iconic antihero?

(via Comic Book)

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