Fresh off the premiere of Venom, Todd McFarlane updated fans at New York Comic Con on his upcoming Spawn remake and some cool news for action figure collectors this past weekend. Get ready to pull out those wallets!
While chatting with IGN at NYCC, McFarlane revealed his toy companies plan to “go back to basics.”
“We live in a brave new world now where you can go literally from production to the consumer, right? You can cut out all the middle men and we’re seeing that with Kickstarters and people doing direct, you know, dot com,” McFarlane told IGN.
McFarlane Toys was founded in 1994 and created action figures based off McFarlane’s comic book character Spawn. The company eventually expanded into licensed merchandise and became a staple of the 90s with horror favorites like Movie Maniacs, Clive Barker’s Tortured Souls, and Twisted Fantasy figurines among others.
Stores like KB Toys and Tower Records, who once were the storefronts for these horror goods have now disappeared cutting the extra costs and obstacles the company once faced while launching certain figures. Following the game plan of fortune 500 companies, McFarlane is getting ready to sell directly to us, the consumers.
“So we’re gonna go back to our origins and we’re gonna go, hey, for all you people who like Tortured Souls? There’s gonna be more. For all you people who like some of the Movie Maniacs? There’s gonna be more. But even the new — the stuff we just created, like Dragons? More. Spawn? More. Twisted Tales? More.”
McFarlane also spoke with Geek about the production progress of Spawn. Though it might not be as far along as he would like, McFarlane joked about putting on a song a dance to impress investors who still might not understand his vision for this darker take even with Jamie Foxx and Jeremy Renner already on board.
When asked by Geek why audience members won’t be seeing the “full” Spawn in the film McFarlane replied, “It’s because I’m using the rules of scary movies. I don’t like to say horror, because that means gore and blood. I’m going for the scare. It’s about creepy odd stuff going back to when I was a kid watching stuff. When the bogeyman comes, I don’t think the bogeyman should talk. Does Jamie Foxx talk? Of course he does. But when he becomes the bogeyman does the bogeyman talk? No.”
We sure do hope investors see the potential behind his new viciously scary idealized Spawn. Movie Maniacs and other McFarlane Toy favorites are set for release next year.
Will you be stocking up on the 90’s favorite McFarlane Toys? Are you excited for his plan for a scarier Spawn? Let us know in the comments below?