Written by Patti Pauley
Fans of Todd McFarlane’s epic dark comic series are going to love this bit of news. Back in September we reported that McFarlane stated that despite any concrete contracts written up, that the creator of the demonic dark knight was planning a Spawn reboot. While we haven’t heard much since then, the graphic novel author provided an update at the Emerald City Comic Con via Twitch video taken during a discussion panel, letting fans enthusiastically know that the new Spawn is not dead and still happening!
“Listen, I’m going to paint it for you. The movie is going to be a dark R…If here’s PG-13 and here’s Deadpool and here’s Logan, we’re going to be here. It’s going to be dark. It’s going to be nasty.”
Shout out to MovieWeb for originally discovering the video and re-energizing the boners of fans everywhere who are long-awaiting this McFarlane envision of his beloved creation; as it’s fairly well-known the creator was none to happy with the final product of the 1997 film.
As a refresher, last September McFarlane spoke to ComicBook.com about how he wants to approach a fresh take on the Spawn reboot:
I’d put it more into 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 spectre, the ghost. He’s this thing that just whooshes in, this ghost that moves and will fuck you up if you’re in the wrong place in the wrong time, and the rest of the movie will look real, and be this real drama. He’s just this ghost, this thing behind it. Basically, I can make this version of the movie on a budget without crazy special effects. I want to keep it small, keep it tight, so they’ll let me direct it!”
As of now, no word if studios have picked up the script. However on a personal level, given the successes of last year’s R-rated DeadPool and more recently Logan, studios would be fools to pass this gem up!