After years of trying to get his Spawn reboot off the ground, creator Todd McFarlane finally found a home for his R-rated vision last year in Blumhouse Productions, and has since added Jamie Foxx (Spawn) and Jeremy Renner (Twitch) to the cast of the project.
During a recent interview with IGN, McFarlane has been chatting about his progress, during which he spoke about the superhero genre’s recent foray into R-rated territory, stating that his vision is much darker and hardcore than we’ve seen from the likes of Deadpool and Logan.
“There have been a couple of R-rated movies out there,” said McFarlane. “They even teased us a little bit with Venom before they went to PG-13. But they’re not going to go dark in my definition of dark or Jason Blum’s definition of dark or Greg Nicotero’s definition of dark. Their dark is, ‘here’s PG-13, here’s R’. They go over a little bit. We’re talking over here. We’re talking that it would make your kids cry. If you’re going to do dark R, make the children cry who are under 10. That’s the movie. Do I think that Joker is gonna make 10-year-olds cry? Nope. Would I make them cry? Sure I would because I’d be doing a movie for adults.”
McFarlane also went on to reveal that he’s found it frustrating dealing with Hollywood executives, as they’ve been fixated on the superhero aspect of the project: “If you think about it as a horror it makes complete sense. If you think about it as Captain America it falls apart. Here’s what I’m trying to get Hollywood to understand because they still don’t quite get it – I want to do a dead-serious scary movie that happens to be a superhero, right? And so they keep tripping into this superhero part and I wish I could almost take that piece out of it.”
As yet, there’s still no word on a potential production start or planned release date for the new Spawn movie, but we’ll keep you posted.