Spawn creator Todd McFarlane is confident in future projects based on his Image Comics character, with both the Blumhouse horror movie and Kevin Smith’s Sam & Twitch television spin-off.
Talking with Yahoo!, McFarlane explained that the new Spawn movie – which he will write and direct – is currently moving along in terms of pre-production:
“Two days ago, I sent off the last of Blumhouse’s notes, so we’re going to move forward with budgeting, so we’ll know how much money we need. We’ll likely put that money together in short order, because a hundred people want to give me money, and I’ve got lots in my pocket. Once we put the money together, we’ll go to Hollywood and start selling it as a pre-distribution deal that would guarantee us a release date we can all agree upon and a certain number of screens.”
Discussing what to expect from his movie, McFarlane has stated that he doesn’t want to do an origin story, and that the movie will reinvent what Spawn is as a character:
“I always come back to Jaws — not that I have a shark in Spawn! But that shark was enormous. And at anytime in the movie, did they tell me why the shark was so damn big? No! Did it matter to me? No! All that mattered was that it was big and in the same vicinity as humans. Or John Carpenter‘s The Thing: where do the aliens come from? I don’t know! What was its reason for taking over bodies? I don’t know! It just was. I’m okay without an origin. Just give me a compelling story, scare the s*** out off me from time to time, and I’m along for the ride… To me, this story is my way of saying, ‘Spawn’s been around for 25 years, and he’s been evolving for 25 years. This is where he’s at now.’ I can’t do the same story over and over.”
McFarlane has suggested that the movie will take place from the perspective of the police officer Twitch investigating the sudden arrival of the anti-heroic hellspawn, which would certainly give the movie a sort of Jaws vibe to it if Spawn himself is used sparingly and effectively. If the movie does well, there’s certainly room for a more conventional “Spawn blows stuff up” narrative waiting in the wings.
Spawn is targeting a 2019 release window.
6 Superheroes Who Deserve Animated Shows
One of the greatest tools in the craft of filmmaking is the often overlooked art of animation. Animation is a tool that can bring any drawable creation to life in vibrant ways without the limitations of a budget or having to find a way to pull something off in real life. Animation can be as far out and unhinged as it wants to be.
The art of the comic book is very similar to that of animation. Comics often show heroes doing things that could never happen in the real world. As much as live action can capture a lot of these moments, animation allows for much more freedom. Animated superhero shows have been popular for quite some time now, and some have even received critical acclaim for their depiction of comic book characters and honoring the source material.
With all this in mind, I decided to write about 6 heroes who deserve their own animated shows. Click Next to get started!