Todd McFarlane Updates Us On 'Spawn'.

Todd McFarlane takes the time to update fans on the current status of his planned 'Spawn' movie, the budget, and his plans to direct...

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By Comedian03 - 3/31/2011


It's been over ten years since we saw 'Spawn' on the big-screen, and when it arrived it came with mostly negative reviews from critics and fans, and we haven't seen the character return to theaters since.

It's nothing new that creator Todd McFarlane would love to see 'Spawn' brought back into the film world, and with the popularity of comic book movies going on right now, it's no surprise that he has 'Spawn' on his mind. McFarlane took the time to speak with MyDVDInsider and updates fans on the status of the film.

On the status of the script:

"I’m three quarters through it. I’ll finish it and put it on a shelf for about a week. What usually happens is, I come back to it so I can see all the flaws. I do a rewrite and there’s a first draft at that point. Then I’ll start soliciting comments from people I trust to see if I can get the script into working shape. If I can’t, I’m open to someone coming in and helping me with it."


Then he goes on to talk about wanting to direct the film himself:

"There’s only one way a studio is going to say yes, that’s if it’s a low-budget movie. To be honest, as a producer, even I wouldn’t hire myself to direct a big-budget film," he admits. "There are smarter people out there. But if you’re making it for $10 million to $12 million, you’re just going to go get some schmuck director so let me be the schmuck."


On the tone of the film:

"In this new version, there are no supervillains, archenemies or any of that. It’s just a spook movie, something scary going bump in the night. I think I can shoot that for almost next to nothing."


So what do you guys think, would you be up for seeing Spawn make his big-screen return?
Source: LatinoReview
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xcrementus - 3/31/2011, 7:21 PM
If I had a nickel everytime I heard him say that. Maybe he should focus on getting the actual book back on track instead of trying to cash in.
Weedbeater - 3/31/2011, 7:28 PM
yeah Spawn really sucks these days. Kinda excited for this movie but it really needs a bigger budget. like $30 million dollars. remember, cbms can be done low budget. Kick ass was only made for like $20 million. Its how you use your money, not how much you have.
marvel72 - 3/31/2011, 7:33 PM
todd mcfarlane should keep to the source have him fight the clown/violator.

that would put bums in seats.
xcrementus - 3/31/2011, 7:34 PM
I love that Spawn's "new direction" is essential the same thing as its "old direction" lol. guy with new suit, doesnt know how it works, talking to Clown every now and then. you can tell the think-tank really knocked that one out of the park.
GinGuilt - 3/31/2011, 7:46 PM
I've been reading this since 2000's.
alphamale80 - 3/31/2011, 7:57 PM
His movie will FAIL !!!!!!!!!!!!!
he is a fool to think other wise
twiztidEssex - 3/31/2011, 8:03 PM
''Get the book back on track''....dude...are you even reading the book. Its BEEN back on track since he became writer again. We have movies like the horrid First class X-men...and that RIDICULOUS Scott Pilgrim, yet, an icon like SPawn can get BACK in the movie scene, and all we get is ''Fail'' ''Thumbs down''....and we wonder why we get such shitty comic movies.
WellDrawn - 3/31/2011, 8:09 PM
Spawn deserves his own movie, after all, Spawn's arguably the biggest non Marvel or DC character.
Comedian03 - 3/31/2011, 8:10 PM
Yea the Spawn comic books have been doing amazing lately actually, it terms of sales and story, don't know what you guys are talking about.
StuckInPanels - 3/31/2011, 8:14 PM
Again with the Spawn film....GIVE....IT...UP!!!!
LoudLon - 3/31/2011, 8:19 PM
I'm a screenwriter. Throw me some cabbage, I'll write the damn thing. Whatever it takes to get it going.
Mechagino - 3/31/2011, 8:35 PM
Uhhh.... no super villains? What the hell is the point of a Superhero movie without any super villains or characters who resemble/fill in the part for one? I don't recall Spawn being a horror film.
StuckInPanels - 3/31/2011, 8:39 PM
wait a minute.....wasn't this on here before?....he made mention of these not long ago. Either he is a parrot or can't come up with something new to say
AlSimmons - 3/31/2011, 8:42 PM
I don't get why he wants low budget.
Bryanferryfan - 3/31/2011, 8:43 PM
He needs to pitch it at DREAMWORKS>>>>OR Give to ROBERT RODRIGUEZ TO DIRECT.... If you want it to do well it should be Rated R... full of violence and sex and foul language. This should not be geared towards the PG or PG-13 crowd... make it a true R-Rated movie close if not similar to the HBO animated series. Cast unknowns in the lead parts and you can have a successful film.
JudgeDrok - 3/31/2011, 8:43 PM
Won't be holding my breath! Even if he does get it made ... I just can't see it hitting cinemas. Sounds promising though!
xcrementus - 3/31/2011, 8:46 PM
he says it every couple of months...for the last few years.

It reminds me of every Spawn story where some guy comes along and says "you have great power, and an important destiny, that i know all about...but i cant tell u...because. Now i must go."

That never got old...not at all.

Having Al Simmons get shuffled off with a whimper must've sucked for the people who stuck in there for years.
gangbuster - 3/31/2011, 8:48 PM
This is a genuinely bad idea. Do one thing well then build from that.
Triptheorist - 3/31/2011, 8:58 PM
I stopped reading Spawn around maybe issue 80 something and occasionally I'd pick one up, It's even harder to remember most of it. I always pictured it as more of a really dark horror movie, than anything else. Still, sounds cool. I didn't even know they put a new guy in a symbiont. Any idea where a good issue to hop back in on would be?
SanDevil77 - 3/31/2011, 8:59 PM
would love to see spawn on the big screen again but only if done right nd not half assed. agreed that it needs to be geared to the R-rated crowd.
Weedbeater - 3/31/2011, 9:00 PM
why's it such a bad idea. Because he's doing something different? I'd rather see this than a boring, overpowered invincible, can-kill-everything spawn
RacerREX - 3/31/2011, 9:31 PM
@ twiztidEssex

Are you really postulating that if we all hold hands, post good comments, and think happy thoughts, we will be rewarded with nothing but good CBMs?

MrSuperheromoviefan - 3/31/2011, 9:37 PM
no villain?
spider1489 - 3/31/2011, 9:47 PM
no villain? really??? fail! come on spawn with no villain?
continuezero - 3/31/2011, 10:03 PM
I was thinkin a Spawn movie would be cool but then I see all these comments sayin otherwise. I didn't really read Spawn as a kid (Always seemed like a Spidey rip off to me as a kid...lol)

Why is everyone so not in favour of this? Again I ask only because I didn't read alot of Spawn...Is he straying too far from what makes Spawn cool or the source or something?
Thunderbolts1 - 3/31/2011, 10:20 PM
Please God, don't let this happen. Spawn isn't Freddy Krueger, he doesn't need to go around scaring people.
xcrementus - 3/31/2011, 10:21 PM
The first Spawn film, however good i thought it was when i was 12, suffers from bad acting, bad writing, and iffy effects. And that was with a huge budget. Its difficult for me to sit through it nowadays.

Who knows, Todd could probably do no worse than that if he's in the director's chair. Maybe he should get the nod and give it a go.

What bugs me is Spawn's continued lack of purpose over 10 years. Why does he exist and whats the point of him being around in the first place?

And why does information continually get held back from him? especially because , essentially, its being held back from THE READERS which is the most frustrating thing a book can do. No wonder the book lost half its audience over the years.

Prime example is "who is the Red Hulk?". That little nugget of mystery dangled for wayyyy too long in front of our faces til we almost stopped caring.
Illuminatus - 3/31/2011, 10:25 PM
@Mechagino You havent read Spawn, have you? Supervillains are not what Spawn is fighting. Hes fighting himself mostly, at the core, Spawn is about temptation, about giving into evil to gain god like powers, or about standing up for YOUR OWN moral beliefs and values, not that of a typical hero.
xbigvmanx - 3/31/2011, 10:58 PM
Todd Mcfarlane is the biggest hypocrite in the comicbook industry. As one of the founders of Image comics he preaches in defending creator freedom and rights from the likes of Marvel and Dc for stealing creators work. After working with Neil Gaiman in co-creating Angela, Cogliostro, and Medieval Spawn he becomes his own worse enemy by stealing Neil Gaiman work and contribuations. I can also add that he's the one guy causing the Image United comicbook to be unfinished as well. Todd is a piece of work. F---k you Todd
MaddMonkk - 3/31/2011, 11:38 PM
@Bryanferryfan.right on.
read Bryanferryfan response about 3 times to let it sink in. nuff said.
Ceejay - 4/1/2011, 12:35 AM
lol, Todd McFarlane was a terrible artist and he couldn't write for shit! Spawn was crap back then and remains crap now with understandably a very small amount of appeal to those caught up in feeling they have to buy this stupid character's comic every month. As a movie it will always have FAIL written all over it and zero interest from the general public. Good luck polishing that turd Tom!
croniccris - 4/1/2011, 1:16 AM
i would pay to see a spawn movie...i liked the other one and the HBO series but no villian just to save a few bucks? come on meow!
AlexDeLarge87 - 4/1/2011, 2:24 AM
So he is going to make Spwan look like a horror movie?

Too bad we cant get a real Spawn movie!:/
Jer3miah - 4/1/2011, 3:59 AM
I don't like the sound of that.
xbigvmanx - 4/1/2011, 4:22 AM
@ElgUaSon

There's nothing wrong with his drawing ability per se but his abilities and reputation as an artist isn't what it used to be. Back in the 90s it was all about the artwork of classic characters like Spiderman and the X-men. It was the Golden Age when the demand for comicbooks were at an all time high. When comicbooks were selling by the millions. When there is so much different forms a media, fans are not going to really care. Plus Todds too distracted on keeping his character a float he's not going to have time to do much drawing or make a movie. I think he disappointed many fans by spreading himself out too thin.
xbigvmanx - 4/1/2011, 5:42 AM
@ElgUaSon

I didn't say anything that he's a terrible artist. I am saying his work ethic isn't what it used to be.
imnotwearinghockeypants - 4/1/2011, 6:49 AM
Sounds like direct to DVD ass.
theguywhomayknow - 4/1/2011, 7:57 AM
Todd doesn't inspire much confidence.
themayer88 - 4/1/2011, 9:43 AM
you CANNOT make a good comic book movie when its low budget. espically Spawn.
Whiteharted - 4/1/2011, 10:18 AM
What!? No Supervillian or Archeneimes!? WHAT THE [frick]!? THATS SUCKS!!!!! YOU CAN'T HAVE A COMIC BOOK MOVIE WITHOUT THEM!!!!!!
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