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Todd McFarlane Says New ‘Spawn’ Movie Will Be Horror, Could Shoot Next Year


Last year, Image Comics co-founder Todd McFarlane celebrated the 20th anniversary of Spawn, a milestone that rekindled questions about the character’s potential return to theaters. He made his big-screen debut in 1997, in an action film that starred Michael Jai White and John Leguizamo, which grossed more than $87 million for New Line Cinema.

“The reality is that I’ve got a lot of pressure,” McFarlane told The Gate over the weekend at Fan Expo Canada. “They want me to deliver the script by the end of the year, which would basically mean we’d be shooting next year. So, that’s the goal right now.

“The thing that keeps slowing it down is that the negotiation I’ve done is I write, produce, direct, but I’ve got to push a lot of my other endeavors off to the side so I can just get tunnel vision on it. And so everybody at my company is now going, ‘We’ve got to find Todd the time to finish all this.'”

McFarlane explained he sees the project as a 60- to 70-day shoot. “I think it’s a quick shoot. It’s not going to be a giant budget with a lot of special effects, it’s going to be more of a horror movie and a thriller movie, not a superhero one,” he said. “I’ve got so many people phoning now that I’ve got to get it done. I’ve made some promises to people this year.”

He also spoke generally about recent comments by actors like Jamie Foxx, who said he’s “aggressively pursuing” the role of Spawn.

“You know what, we’ve had some big names – like who you’re mentioning – come to the office and go ‘We want to be in it,'” McFarlane said. “Sometimes they give me their pitch, I give them my pitch, I go, ‘We can get in it, this is how it goes,’ and so those types of actors–Academy Award guys – they’re going, ‘As soon as that scripts done, we’re going.’ So once we get this thing done, we’ll get it off the ground with some big names.”


  • Adam Walker

    Haha, Todd loves his running-gag! Not many creators have such good amount of humor.

  • JasonMBryant

    Is anyone keeping track of how often Todd McFarlane says that the next Spawn movie is just around the corner?

  • MxDx

    the original movie was definitely horrific…

  • Lordof Fevers Andplagues

    last time I read about a sequel…1999

  • Air Walker

    did I read that right….
    Todd says HE IS GOING TO DIRECT???

    I know it’s your baby, but if you want it to be a step up over the other maybe hiring a director with a history is a better suited plan for success not a CREATOR who has NEVER directed a thing, seems like he’s positioning himself to be Frank Miller here and we all know how the Spirit turned out.

  • Weenus Wrinkle

    This guy is still laboring under the delusion that he created another Mickey Mouse. Write some NEW books, McBallsy.

  • Chookalana

    IF this is the case, it will be a complete failure. Why can’t he just make a Spawn movie and not change it with every medium? Actually, I don’t think anyone besides his 20,000 readers care about Spawn.

  • magegg

    Wasn’t that the idea of the comic book itself?

  • Zagreus

    Todd McFarlane writing the script or directing… either/or sounds like a complete failure. He’s not a writer or a director. The comic is not a great work. I sincerely doubt he could write a coherent screenplay. Movie stars looking for their next “Spider-Man” will be sorely disappointed. They’ll get Violator tearing out hearts in a gorefest, more likely than not, that nobody will want to see. “Direct to Cable!” McFarlane, if he was smart, should hire David Koepp or someone to adapt his comic, and then find a good director. But…

  • Adam Walker

    …adding to that, his skills as a writer are very limited. No story progression at all in over 234 issues, unless they were written by someone else than him. It’s still spawn looking for answers, although with a different skin color.

  • MegaGearMax

    McFarlane KEEPS saying that the new Spawn flick would be more horror than superhero. He’s been saying that since SeVen came out and that was almost 20 years ago!

  • DeadPool

    Fuck Jamie Foxx. If he plays Spawn, I won’t watch it.

  • herb chef

    fox plays spawn .. I will not watch it ..

  • Anon

    …I think he was being sarcastic, mag…

  • Anon

    Bah! He’s been saying this for YEARS. 20 YEARS…. I’ll believe it when I see it. Till then, SHAAADAAAP.

  • Rico Batista

    Dear Todd… We all apreciate your humoungus love for your best creation ever. But speaking of ‘tunnel vision’, don’t you think you’de better let this movie be directed by someone with experience? Take a director you admire. It’s my conclusion that if there are well respected actors that would love to be in this movie, you will be able to get people investing in your movie!
    I agree with one thing however. Writing a decent script could be easily be done by you Todd. But I strongly recommend hiring a co-writer too. Someone who can provide you other points of view, wich might help to improove on the story. Every great writer asks someone they trust to read their story for feedback. Their partner, children, editors or co-writers, you need someone who can reflect on your work and to pitch the reaction your work generates.
    The first Spawn movie, to be honest, wasn’t that great. But I bought it anyway. I went to see it at the cinema. Bought it on dvd. And even on blu-ray later on. Why? Because I’m a huge fan of the phenomenon Spawn! Spend years buying the comics, watched the animated series, the movie… And I’m still longing for more! Such strong characters you’ve created! Please invest in this movie to make it worth while! I love the idea of more horror than special-fx. And Jamie Foxx would be great as Al Simmons. So, you need a great director (why don’t you co-direct) and a strong story! But I don’t doubt your skills of storytelling!!
    I wish you all the wisdom when taking decisions about this project!

  • Jereme Yurich

    Have those ppl that did iron man and all those types of movies,3d would be sick

  • SpawnWidow

    As odd as this might sound, the director for this movie is Quentin Tarantino, and Todd McFarlane should co-direct. Take a look at Sin City, the story that sucked more in the comics got the best adaptation, instead, Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez fucked it up the best ones, with sloppy editing and not taking the proper care on key scenes. Tarantino also could help with the script…Basically he would make sure that the movie doesn’t suck.

  • king kobiuk

    see that’s his problem, he did write another book (haunt) and all haunt was just spawn meets venom and it sucked in creativity and storyline there was no interesting issue with the character, he had so many opportunities but did not take them

  • dannyboy84

    Why don’t you make the movie with the new Spawn Jim Downing? Al Simmons killed himself in the comic long time ago and there’s a new white Spawn now who is much more badass than Al never was. All he did was bitch and moan alone in the dark in the garbage and whine about Wanda.

  • Nicolas Mongrain

    just hope that this movie will be serious like the anime series(not for kids)

  • Spawny

    Michael jai white or Gtfo lol

  • NotoFox

    HELL no keep Jamie Fox out of it his ass will only ruin the movie, u want a big name go for omar epps atleast

  • Will

    Tarantino was quoted years ago that he doubts he will ever direct a comic book movie because nothing is ever good for the comic book nerds. Quentin then went on to say he would have to create his own character and this way no nerds could debate his interpretation of the comic.

    In my opinion, David Fincher is ideal. He brings an ominous dark tone to complex storylines (ie. seven, fight club, let the right one in). I think Todd should (a) stop talking shit – this movie has been “in production” for ever year since ’99 and (b) let the movie professionals take over. Maybe he can have a role as co writer and/or consultant.

    Comic book movies are still in demand and movie studios are currently scrapping the bottom of the barrel for unique material and new characters. Serious directors will be lined up for a shot at Spawn.

  • Merrick D’Amato

    Personal preference for director: John Carpenter, he can do the dark, morally ambiguous thing REALLY well (Escape From New York, The Thing, Prince of Darkness) he had the special effects prowess in the 80’s, and he won’t make the fatal mistake of making SPAWN PG13. Villain ideas: Overkill, or have Jason Wynn take up his cape and chains as Redeemer, or “Anti-Spawn”. Also, Keith David as Spawn.

  • Merrick D’Amato

    Keith David, voiced him in the animated series, still has the physique, is bad-ass.

  • Joe Cool

    Pick Idris Elba from THOR to be SPAWN…he would be much better than Jamie Foxx! Jamie Foxx too goofy for such a serious dark role!

  • Joe Cool

    Pick Idris Elba from THOR to be SPAWN…he would be much better than Jamie Foxx!
    Jamie Foxx too goofy for such a serious dark role!

  • Landon Payne

    Don’t put that racist Jamie foxx in it I don’t want it ruined

  • צדקיה עמיחי

    Amen to this! I din’t watch his movies any more because of his blatant racism. I won’t spent a penny on this movie if he’s in it.

  • צדקיה עמיחי

    Somebody talking sense right here!