Todd McFarlane's Spawn movie will be more supernatural than superhero

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Jul 6, 2017, 4:00 PM EDT

No one can ever say Todd McFarlane is lacking in determination.

The comic book legend, who broke out penciling The Amazing Spider-Man before leading the charge to jump ship with six other creators to create Image Comics in 1992, has always shown an inclination to go down the path offering the most rugged resistance. Case in point: His quixotic quest to get a new Spawn movie off the ground.

I know, I know, you've heard about "updates" on another Spawn movie for years, and still no significant progress. But the reason for this update is that McFarlane is absolutely determined to make it happen. Many fans know McFarlane has been working on the screenplay for years. He's also spoken numerous times in the past about his desire to produce and direct the movie, based on the mega-popular character he created a quarter-century ago. Now he's revealing that he's been in touch with Hollywood types about inching closer to production.

The big delay? Apparently, the fact McFarlane wants to direct.

Being a savvy businessman as well as a creative talent, McFarlane knows getting a studio to take a chance on a novice film director for a big-budget effects picture is a monumental task. Which is why he's crafted what he calls a lean, tight and "scary as sh**" supernatural Spawn story that could be produced for less than $10 million ... that he would direct.

As McFarlane explained in an extensive interview with SYFY WIRE, that aspect of the deal is non-negotiable. He is adamant about directing it, and it really shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who's followed his career. Once he left Marvel for Image, McFarlane always prided himself on being his own boss and making his own decisions. Sometimes they hit, sometimes they don't. But he's a guy who is more than willing to bet on himself.

Watch the interview clip below to see McFarlane describe his vision for a Spawn motion picture. Then hit the comments below and let us know what you'd like to see the next time Spawn hits theaters.