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‘Spawn’ Reboot Will Be $10 Million Supernatural Thriller, McFarlane Says

spawn2The long-discussed return of Spawn to the big screen will be “a complete reboot” that will have more in common with recent low-budget supernatural horror than recent superhero blockbusters, creator Todd McFarlane promises.

It’s a $10 million, R-rated supernatural movie that takes all the superhero stuff out of it,” he told Assignment X. “So for people who want to go see an Iron Man redo, that’s not it. For people who like The Conjuring, then it’s going to be right up that alley.”

By comparison, The Conjuring had an estimated production budget of $20 million, and grossed more than $305 million worldwide (1997’s Spawn, which starred Michael Jai White, cost $40 million; that’s about $57 million by today’s dollars).

McFarlane also stressed that the reboot will be a supernatural thriller, rather that traditional horror. “Not ‘horror,’ because that’s a weird word, right?” he told. “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.”

He also addressed Jamie Foxx’s publicly stated desire to play Spawn.

“You know, Jamie was out at my office,” he admitted. “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.'”


  • Richard Casey

    wow… isn’t this, i don’t know, like… two decades too late? Is there really still an audience for Spawn?

  • Bass Guitar Hero

    I think the intent is to reboot Spawn and introduce it to a new generation.

  • Crimsonrain

    Only thing I liked about the original one was Melinda Clark.

  • Marco Sousa

    Hell yeah it’s about time, I will be first in line to see this movie when it comes out. It’s gonna be so bad ass =).

  • Dennis Salvatier

    This sounds a lot more interesting than a superhero movie. I’m definitely interested.

  • mel

    If it’s not about physicality, why not just hire Keith David? He did an awesome job doing Spawn’s voice in the HBO cartoon.

  • J.p. Ducey

    I still buy and read Spawn every month and own every issue. It isn’t my favorite Comic anymore but I still would love to see the character done justice with a proper movie. And who knows, maybe a psychological thriller Movie would get people to buy the comic again

  • Maras Memcevic

    meh..too little..too late..

  • Likuids

    Does Todd honestly have that much pull in the industry anymore to even get it done…

  • Akumanoid

    I’d say its just on time with Marvel running the box office show with their superhero movies.

  • somaxd

    Spawn the character is really cool still.. though to be honest… the comics are super boring these days… id rather see more Capullo/Ottley Haunt books than spawn books (and a haunt movie would be cooler imo)

  • Karolina Jones

    Because Spider-Man’s audience are all people who were reading Spider-Man in the 1960s.

  • I watch Spiderman and am from

    Wow. Seriously? How did you arrive at that conclusion? You twelve years old?

  • Karolina Jones

    Being that this was a reply to the OP who said that there was no audience for Spawn because of when Spawn was published, I thought the sarcasm of my comment would be pretty obvious.

    Apparently not obvious enough.