Spawn creator Todd McFarlane is promising a film that lives up to an R-rating. While talking at his panel at the ACE Comic-Con, the comic book creator talked about his upcoming live-action Spawn film, and — what he considers to be — the sorry state of R-Rated comic book films:
“It’s funny in Hollywood, if you say you want to do an R-rated movie, they go like ‘Oh like Deadpool and like Logan?’ For me, no. Deadpool, to me, was a PG-13 action movie. It just had some naked butts and a couple f-bombs. Other than that, I thought it was the same PG-13 formula.”
When asked about what his personal vision of an R-Rated comic book film looked like, and what that meant for Spawn, McFarlane replied with:
“I’m talking R, I’m talking that there will not be a lot of fun, there will not be be any stupid lines in it… I never like my hero to make a joke right when the jeopardy was at its highest. So if I felt that my hero wasn’t afraid right now, why should I be?… I want my heroes to go ‘Shit, what do I do now?'”
It would make sense that Todd McFarlane would be fully utilizing the R-Rating for Spawn. After all, Spawn has always been a dark, gory, and overall adult-themed comic series. The ‘hero’ himself is a literal ‘spawn’ of hell. You may recall the fantastic HBO animated series from the ’90s, which aired at the height of the characters popularity. The show pulled no punches, and featured copious amounts of language, sex, and violence. In fact, Todd McFarlane is also looking to bring Spawn back in animated form.
There is no release date at this time, but we do know that Todd McFarlane will direct Spawn, and that the film has found a fitting home over at Blumhouse Productions.
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