Do you remember the 1997 live action film adaptation of Spawn? Most people don’t, and if they do they’ve tried to erase it from their memories. I unfortunately am not that lucky. The comic debuted in 1992 and was created by Todd McFarlane and published by Image Comics. Even though the first film attempt was critically and commercially hated, according to /Film, a reboot is in the works.
In a recent interview with McFarlane he stated that he’s got “five offers on the table” to bring Spawn back to the big screen. He doesn’t reveal the names of those bidding, but he does say they range from larger to smaller studios. He seems to be leaning towards the smaller names, because he wants to “keep it down, keep it dark, keep it grungy.” The creator has big plans for the new Spawn and he makes a pretty high comparison regarding his vision. He describes it as “The Departed with something moving in the shadows.”
Here’s more of his interview where he talks about we can expect from Spawn the second time around.
“It’s not a comic book movie, it’s just a scary movie, a creepy movie. Everything’s real except for one element, which happens to be the character we know as Spawn. So it’s not going to be super villain vs superhero or any of that stuff, it’s just going to be a ‘tight’ movie.”
I’m happy that the focus is being taken away from it being just a “comic book” movie, to just a movie. I think that after The Dark Knight people saw beyond the genre and really just looked as it as a good film. Spawn is definitely one of the darker comics out there and the somewhat campiness of the first film didn’t do it any justice. Not to take away from the great special effects that were featured, or the character portrayal from Michael Jai White. I really enjoyed those two elements, but there were other things that just didn’t gel. It was as if the studio didn’t know what to do with this “type” of comic.
What should they do differently with the Spawn reboot? What went wrong in the first film?