Skip to the bottom if you want the TL;DR: Everything we know about the new Spawn Movie coming 2019
20 years after the first live-action Spawn movie hit theaters, a new one is officially in the works from Todd McFarlane. The famed comic book artist and creator took to Facebook to announce that he has teamed up with Get Out producer Jason Blum‘s Blumhouse Productions to make a new, R-rated Spawn movie. Get the details below. Sounds good!
The first draft of the film’s script is complete. In the Facebook video, McFarlane says “the ink is just dry, and we’ve gone from the theoretical – no more theoretical. We’re now making movies. We’re going. Blumhouse, Spawn, badass, R [rating], it’s coming, get ready for it! We’re going into production.” No word on exactly when the movie will begin shooting, or when we’ll hear any casting news, but this must be an exciting time to be a Spawn fan.
Here’s THR’s breakdown of the Spawn comic books:
Spawn told of a black ops agent who is betrayed and killed, his soul sent to Hell for all the innocents he had killed. While there, he makes a deal with a demon who allows him to return to the Earthly plane and his wife. However, five years have now past and his wife has moved while he is a disfigured and super-powered spawn of Hell.
McFarlane outlined his concept for how his iconic character will interact with the world as follows:
I’d put it more into the horror/suspense/supernatural genre. If you take the movie The Departed meets Paranormal Activity, something like that…In the background, there’s this thing moving around, this boogeyman. That boogeyman just happens to be something that you and I, intellectually, know is Spawn. Will he look like he did in the first movie? No. Will he have a supervillain he fights? No. He’s going to be the specter, the ghost.
Basically, what Todd McFarlane is proposing with his new film adaptation of Spawn isn’t a film that’s focused on the origins, or even the actions of his famous character. Instead, he wants to focus on how Spawn affects the world at large. So instead of giving the bad assed avenging angel a wife and family to pine over, it sounds like we’ll see the world of the organized crime being torn apart by the ever encroaching shadows surrounding them. It’s a novel approach, and it tracks well with a previous proposal the director had for a sequel to the previous film starring Michael Jai White. Though McFarlane’s refreshed approach serves another purpose close to his own heart: he wants to direct the film himself.
Compared to the 1997 movie Todd said “Let’s just put them in buckets. The first one was a superhero, effects-driven, action PG-13 movie. This one is now gonna be dark, drama, R, supernatural thriller in which there’s only one element that will be out of the ordinary, and that’s the thing you and I know is Spawn. And so, although at times people get confused when I say that, every creepy movie you’ve ever watched is like that. There aren’t eight sharks in Jaws, there aren’t nine Things in The Thing. Those are the movies I grew up with, I was never an action-movie guy.”
He’s taking a very different approach to the character and in a recent interview with azcentral, he explains that Spawn won’t speak a word throughout the course of the film:
“I like to explain that it’s my Jaws. Spawn doesn’t say a word the entire movie, and it’s the same way with ‘Jaws.’ It’s about the sheriff and the people, chasing the ghost. That’s it…The lead role isn’t Spawn, the lead role is a cop, like Sheriff Brody from ‘Jaws.’ I think we can hook a fairly significant actor that we want. Unlike a superhero movie, we wouldn’t need an actor to put on prosthetic (makeup) or go to the gym. We just need him to act.”
- Director – Todd McFarlane
- Release Date – 2019
- Rated – R and will be dark and “scare the shit out of people”
- Theme – Not focusing on thee origins but how Spawn affects the world at large.
- Compared to the 1997 movie – This one is going to be dark, drama, R, supernatural thriller.
- Spawn –Possibly wont speak a word throughout the entire film.
- Budget – $10 000 000
What do you guys think? It sounds like an interesting approach, and different from what we are used to…which means this may just work!