Last July, it was announced that Todd McFarlane would be directing a Spawn film for Blumhouse. The film has since been described to be R-rated and will be a “low budget” superhero film. Given the fact that the film will be rated R, many will immediately associate that with the success of other comic book films with that rating such as Deadpool and Logan.
McFarlane appeared at ACE Comic Con where he discussed the upcoming film, and he had some interesting comments on how despite the R-rating, Spawn would be significantly different from Deadpool and Logan:
“It’s funny in Hollywood, if you say you want to do an R-rated movie, they go like ‘Oh like Deadpool or Logan?’ For me, no. To me, Deadpool was the PG-13 action movie, it just had some naked butts and a couple of f-bombs. Other than that, I thought it was the same PG-13 formula.”
McFarlane elaborates on how the R-rating for Spawn will be significantly different in comparison to Deadpool or Logan in regards to the current state of R-rated comic book films:
“When I’m talking R, I’m talking that there wouldn’t be a lot of fun, there won’t be any stupid lines in it. I never like my hero to make a joke right when the jeopardy was at its highest. If I felt that my hero wasn’t afraid right now, why should I be? I want my heroes to go ‘S**t, where do I go now? Here’s what I do know. It should be impossible for anybody to go to the movie and say ‘I’m disappointed, I thought it was a superhero movie.’ Because there’s this thing called the internet and TV and you’ll see the trailer and there will be nothing in the trailer that will say that this is a superhero movie.”
McFarlane explains that he feels that his audience for Spawn has grown up along with him, explaining that he believes that the R-rated nature would be fitting for the core audience:
“It’s just going to be a dark, nasty R-rated, scary, creepy, messed up movie. Now why? If you were a ten-year-old and you bought Spawn #1, it’s 25 years later and you’re 35. You’re an adult and I just think my audience has grown up with me.”
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No release date or cast details have been announced for the upcoming Spawn film, though we do know that Todd McFarlane will direct, write, and now act, as well as produce the film alongside Blumhouse.
Spawn is expected to hit theatres sometime in 2019.