Some 21 years after the release of the Spawn movie, creator Todd McFarlane finally looks set to get his long-gestating reboot off the ground this year. Blumhouse Productions is on board to finance and produce, allowing McFarlane to make his directorial debut on the film, and now with things moving forward he has provided a brief update on its progress during an interview with AZCentral.
“We just signed off on the script, and are going into budgeting,” said McFarlane. “We’re also having our casting meeting…It will be dark and heavy, serious, R-rated. It won’t be a superhero movie. I don’t think most people would categorize it as that. It will be a supernatural thriller, like a lot of good creep movies. The only thing in the movie that’s fantastic is Spawn, and anything else is otherwise normal. “It’s R-rated. Not like Deadpool, where there was just a couple F-bombs and a naked butt. Not like Logan either…We’re talking trauma, true trauma, as serious as possible.”
As he has done before, McFarlane then went on to compare his approach to that of Steven Spielberg’s 1975 classic Jaws: “I like to explain that it’s my Jaws. Spawn doesn’t say a word the entire movie, and it’s the same way with Jaws. It’s about the sheriff and the people, chasing the ghost. That’s it…The lead role isn’t Spawn, the lead role is a cop, like Sheriff Brody from Jaws. I think we can hook a fairly significant actor that we want. Unlike a superhero movie, we wouldn’t need an actor to put on prosthetic (makeup) or go to the gym. We just need him to act.”
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