Todd McFarlane's Spawn reboot may be shooting this May, if everything works out. McFarlane talked for years about doing another Spawn movie to make up for the 1997 version that he, and pretty much everyone else, considers to be a terrible adaptation of the source material. Last year, Blumhouse Productions stepped in and decided to produce the remake, meeting all of McFarlane's conditions, meaning he'll write, produce and make his directorial debut with this new take on Spawn. Now, a new report states the project is getting closer to reality, as the man is hoping to get cameras rolling in just a couple of months.
Production dates have yet to be locked down officially, but a new report states that Todd McFarlane, who created Spawn for his company Image Comics, is hoping to start "sometime in May." It was previously reported that the movie may be shooting in February, with the script finished, but that time came and went. It's clear that both Blumhouse and McFarlane aren't going to start production on this thing until it's truly ready to go, which is probably for the best.
Specific details regarding the movie have been a bit scarce, but Todd McFarlane has made it very clear that this is going to be a very hard, R-rated comic book movie, but not a superhero movie. It definitely won't be an origin movie. He's often used Jaws as a reference point and says that the titular character won't speak in the movie and will actually be an evil presence lurking in the background. Speaking in January, he also made it clear that this isn't going to be R-rated in the way that Deadpool was. It's not just going to be bad language and a bit of nudity.
"It will be dark and heavy, serious, R-rated. It won't be a superhero movie. I don't think most people would categorize it as that. It will be a supernatural thriller, like a lot of good creep movies. The only thing in the movie that's fantastic is Spawn, and anything else is otherwise normal. We don't want to muddy the waters. It's R-rated. Not like Deadpool, where there was just a couple F-bombs and a naked butt. Not like Logan either. We're talking trauma, true trauma, as serious as possible. I like to explain that it's my Jaws. Spawn doesn't say a word the entire movie, and it's the same way with Jaws. It's about the sheriff and the people, chasing the ghost. That's it. The lead role isn't Spawn, the lead role is a cop, like Sheriff Brody from Jaws."
No casting announcements have been made officially, but Stan Lee is getting a cameo. Todd McFarlane is aiming high when it comes to getting a lead actor for the movie. Not for the role of Spawn, but for Twitch, the cop character who will be the main focus. He's used Leonardo DiCaprio as a reference, but doesn't seem to have any delusions of actually being able to get the Oscar-winner on board for something like this.
We know that the script for Spawn is complete and that this movie will be shot for a very low-budget, reportedly $10 million or less. Blumhouse has had a lot of success with this model in the past, but this is their first foray into the world of comic book movies. Spawn does not yet have an official release date. This news comes to us courtesy of Omega Underground.