Todd Mcfarlane is hands-on with production of a new Spawn movie.
Only the other day there, I was having a good natter on Twitter about the original Spawn film, released in 1997. (Which I saw in the cinema for the grand price of £1.85; have some of that, multiplex!) Specifically I mentioned how, despite it being relatively true to the original comic stories (which of course I only actually read years later), I didn’t think it was all that good. Even at the age of 12 I was already becoming a film snob.
And with good reason, of course. I was unfortunate enough to see it on TV recently and, by god, it doesn’t hold up at all. So with fans apparently clamouring to see a return to the big screen for the soldier from Hell, creator Todd McFarlane has confirmed that a version is somewhere in development.
Speaking to The Gate magazine during an appearance at the Fan Expo in Toronto, McFarlane took time out from making ridiculous bids on famous baseballs to reaffirm just how busy the life of a comic book creator can be.
“The reality is that I’ve got a lot of pressure,” he said. “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 52-year old Canadian, best-known for co-creating Image Comics and raising the profile of creator-owned comics as opposed to the works-for-hire you get at The Big Two, has rather a lot on his plate in getting another instalment of the film off the ground.
“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 endeavours 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.’”
According to McFarlane the budget will be small, won’t involve a long drawn-out shoot and is pitched more as “a horror movie and a thriller movie, not a superhero one”.
No matter what you thought of the first film, anyone whose comic can attract guest writers like Grant Morrison, Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore and Frank Miller is sure to be a hot property. Only time will tell as to how the new film will turn out.