Todd McFarlane Says SPAWN Reboot Will Be A Low-Budget Thriller
We’ve been hearing about a planned reboot of the Spawn character for some time now and the creator of the character, Todd McFarlane, has some interesting plans in store. We know that he is currently writing a script and that he has talked about wanting to take on a different approach for the project. We also know that Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx has been actively seeking the title role for the film and that the two have met to discuss the film.
In a new interview with Assignment X, McFarlane spills the beans regarding the Spawn film, which he says is a complete reboot. As it stands now, he is writing a film that will be a low-budget supernatural thriller, coming in at about the $10 million mark. He also plans to not only write the film, but wants to produce and direct. Having given up control of the character for the first film, he learned his lessons and wants total control. As for the character, don’t expect to see a super hero film. McFarlane has mentioned he may head the horror direction, but even that has been pushed aside.
Not “horror.” Because that’s a weird word, right? Supernatural thriller. I grew up on things like ROSEMARY’S BABY and THE OMEN, things like that. Those movies only had one fantastic element in [them], and it was the supernatural or the ghost, and everything else in the world was normal. With superheroes, you have to have the hero, the super-villain, the fantastic headquarters, sometimes even the sidekick and you get more and more fantastic. This is just going to be THE DEPARTED and L.A. CONFIDENTIAL with a ghost moving around in it.
That is certainly a unique take on the character, but I think it could work, especially for a low-budget film like he’s planning. Another thing that wouldn’t hurt is to have an Oscar winning actor attached to your film. As I mentioned earlier, Jamie Foxx has played an active role in pushing this film towards production, having met with McFarlane multiple times. McFarlane was asked whether or not Foxx’s involvement with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 would keep him from taking on the lead role.
No, no, no. You know, Jamie was out at my office. I thought we were going to keep it on the q.t. I’ve talked to some pretty high-profile actors. I think he’s just putting the pressure on me to get the script done. So I sold him on my pitch. I go, “Here, I’ve got an idea that could keep you in the SPAWN movies for twenty years, but it can’t be about physicality. It has to be more about a little bit of acting and then this specter, this sentinel, that moves around in an otherwise hard drama movie.”
He also stated the film will have an R-rating, as it should. McFarlane is hoping to have the script completed within a couple of months, with the possibility of production beginning by the end of the year. I think that may be a bit ambitious, but stranger things have happened. It look as though he is doing a complete 180 on this take, with a smaller budget and bigger name. It will be interesting to see if this one actually gets the traction he’s hoping for. Are you ready for a Spawn reboot? Is Jamie Foxx the right man for the job?