Spawn creator Todd McFarlane has revealed that he has launched a television division for his production company McFarlane films.
In a resume that has stretched as far back as the 1980s, Todd McFarlane became a huge name in the comic book industry thanks to his work on Venom and Spawn. The writer-artist opted to leave Marvel Comics to co-found his own publishing company alongside several other creators known as Image Comics. In recent years, however, McFarlane has attempted to branch out into the film industry.
Back in 2017, the Spawn film was originally announced with Todd McFarlane set to write, produce, and direct the film. Unfortunately, in the four years since its announcement, very little movement has been seen from the film. While a new set of writers have been brought on to tackle the movie’s script, it’s unclear how involved McFarlane will be with the project. But this hasn’t stopped McFarlane from further branching out into live-action.
Earlier this year it was announced that a television series focusing on Spawn characters Sam and Twitch were in development, with Todd McFarlane serving as a producer through his production company, McFarlane Films. Now the artist is looking to expand the television aspect of McFarlane films by giving it its own television division.
In a statement, Todd McFarlane revealed the reason behind this expansion:
“Having been in development with Jason Blum at Blumhouse, along with attaching Jamie Foxx on a potential SPAWN movie franchise, other opportunities both in film and television came forward which led to this expansion in entertainment. Films, television, and video games are all areas I intend to spend my creative energy on a steady basis.
I’ve spent decades succeeding in other business fields, going up against some of the biggest names in those industries (Marvel, DC Comics, Hasbro, and Mattel toys) and have been able to bring to market many successful products and ideas those larger companies were not able to give to consumers. I now intend to take those same creative and business practices into Hollywood full-time. As a creator first and CEO of my businesses, I pride myself on finding talented creators and inspiring ideas… then bring them to the world. Two of our newest projects, (one live-action the other stop-motion animation) have talented folks that will help get these new concepts onto the airwaves. Thomas Lennon, Anders Weidemann, Sean Lewis, our partners at wiip, and ShadowMachine are but a few of the folks we’ve begun this journey with.”
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