We have an update on the Spawn movie from Todd McFarlane, but it's not a terribly encouraging one. McFarlane, who created the character for his company Image Comics in the 90s, has been trying to get a new movie made centered on his creation for years now. Nearly two years ago, he signed a deal with Blumhouse Productions and it seemed like things were heading in the right direction. Unfortunately, they've hit something of a wall as various investors can't seem to agree on the script.
Todd McFarlane is about to release Spawn #300, which is a landmark issue. During a recent interview, he was asked about the situation regarding the movie. We haven't heard an update from him in a handful of months and, sad to say, not much has changed. Only this time he revealed that he's willing to walk away if things can't get worked out. Here's what McFarlane had to say about it.
"Yep. About the same spot. The money's sitting on the sidelines ready to go. I just need to get everyone that wants to put in money to shake their heads to the same script. As you can imagine, everyone has a slightly different version of it in their head. You just go and trying to appease a handful of people while not giving in to what it is that I'm trying to do myself. Because if I have to change it too much, I'll just walk away from it all."
Todd McFarlane, from the very beginning, made it clear he wasn't going to give up creative control. It's his script. He wants to make it R-rated. And he's even going to direct, even though he's never directed a movie before. While it isn't clear what studios Blumhouse and McFarlane may be speaking with to possibly partner up, the renowned comic book writer and artist also revealed that marketing will be a sticking point.
"Here's how it would work, is that let's say even we had let's say, three studios, right? Let's just pick three. So we got Sony. I'm gonna make it all up. Sony, Universal, Paramount, the ones that don't have Marvel and DC. They should hopefully be more interested. Even if they all showed interest at the same time, our questions are gonna be, 'Well, what kind of marketing campaign are you gonna do with it?' And then number two, 'What are your slots that you have?' Right? And so, some of them may say, 'Hey, I've got this campaign, and we've got this slot.' We think it would be better, but you have to wait another three, four, five months till we got the opening that we think is right. And somebody else might say, 'Hey, we can go sooner than that, but maybe we're not gonna pour as much into advertising.' And we'll just have to weigh those variables, and then go, 'Which one do we think makes the most sense for the project's success as a whole?'"
For what it's worth, Blumhouse has a standing deal with Universal Pictures for distribution, but if Universal passes, the project can be shopped around elsewhere. For now, what we know is that Jamie Foxx has signed on to play the titular character, with Jeremy Renner on board as the lead character Twitch. Beyond that, we can only hope this all gets sorted out eventually. This news was first reported by Comicbook.com.