Todd McFarlane, the creator of the popular comic book Spawn is ready for another live action version of the anti-hero. The last time we saw Spawn on the big screen was over a decade ago in 1997. He was portrayed by actor Michael Jai White, and fought villains in the form of a corporate Martin Sheen and a clownish John Leguizamo. Needless to say the film didn’t fare well at the box office, and is in desperate need of a reboot. More on McFarlane’s new Spawn script below.
According to IGN, McFarlane is aching for a newer, darker version of the character to hit theaters. He recently stated:
“I’ve officially begun writing the Spawn movie screenplay…The story has been in my head for 7 or 8 years. Will continue to update…The movie idea is neither a recap or continuation. It is a stand alone story that will be R-rated. Creepy and scary…The tone of this Spawn movie will be for a more older audience. Like the film Departed.”
As a fan of the comic and the character I’d love to see another Spawn film. His description sounds enticing, but what studio would actually stand behind it? The first film made less than 90 million dollars WORLDWIDE! I’m hoping the 12 years that have past will be enough to heal old wounds. We’ve had some successful darker, graphic novel and comic adaptations in recent years, which may work in the film’s favor. Only time will tell, but it doesn’t look like McFarlane’s giving up on his vision anytime soon.
What do you think about an upcoming Spawn reboot?