Todd McFarlane has a script all ready for a Spawn reboot that’s set to put things right where the original Spawn adaptation once went wrong.
One of the most exciting things about the recent release of Tim Miller’s Deadpool was that it showed audiences that you could make a comic book movie without using a dependable but exhausted formula. But Deadpool isn’t the first film to do this. There was a time when comic book movies appeared out of nowhere and went in new, innovative and at times bizarre directions. One such example was the adaptation of Todd McFarlane‘s Spawn, which broke new ground in the infantile comic movie world. The only difference between Deadpool and Spawn? The Deadpool movie was successful. But despite that Spawn gained a cult following, and it’s fans may have a brand new adaptation to look forward to.
The news from Screenrant is that Todd McFarlane himself is working on a Spawn reboot. There have been rumblings over the last few years that McFarlane had an interesting in doing his anti-hero justice on the big screen, but this is the first official word. And a very intriguing word it is. In an interview with Comicbook.com, McFarlane had this to say about his plans for the Spawn reboot:
I’ve finished the script, and I’m in the process of editing. It’s 183 pages, and [producers] usually like 120. I still think it’s going to end up being about 140, because I’m putting in details for myself.
Not bad am I right? So there’s a completed script in play – albeit a beefy one – and plans for a modest budget. This makes it a lot more likely that McFarlane will be trusted with directing the project himself. The great thing about this news is that it all points to a passion project. McFarlane mentioned in the interview that he is “looking to make [Spawn] relevant in a big way”, which shouldn’t be difficult given the character’s natural darkness and grit. And who doesn’t like a comic book movie with grit?
In case you’re not familiar with the character of Spawn, he’s a former marine betrayed by his Black Ops employer and sent to hell. Once there, he’s offered a deal to see his wife again and return to earth only to be tricked into returning 5 years later with a butt-load of demonic powers. Needless to say, he’s got some revenge and trust issues to work out.
The original adaptation from the mid-90’s had a lot of issues, the main one being that the performances left a lot to be desired. Despite not ageing very well the visuals are pretty spectacular, which speaks to McFarlane’s character design.
There’s nothing solid about McFarlane’s plans as yet, except he’s looking to get the film green-lit. It’s not an easy task, especially in today’s comic book climate, but with any luck emerging game-changers like Deadpool‘s success will help pave the way.
Watch this space for all the latest Spawn reboot movie news.