SPAWN Creator Todd McFarlane Talks Filming Reboot On A Tight Budget; Confirms New York Setting

SPAWN Creator Todd McFarlane Talks Filming Reboot On A Tight Budget; Confirms New York Setting

While talking about the small $10-$12 million budget of Spawn, creator and director Todd McFarlane confirms the reboot will in fact take place in New York, even if it doesn't actually film there.

With filming for the upcoming Spawn reboot is reportedly starting early next year, creator Todd McFarlane recently addressed how he will have to get creative while working on a low budget.

During an interview with ComicBook, McFarlane confirmed that Spawn will be set in New York, even if shooting doesn't take place there.

"You know what, you know this is sort of the sort of uninteresting part of making movies maybe, to people, I don't know, but there are different places that give incentives for you to come and shoot the movies there," McFarlane said. "So, we're going to be looking at all those given that, you know we're not going to have a big budget so we're going to want to stretch it as far as we can, right. And so, but, at the same time given that this world takes place in New York, we're going to have to be in a place that can be somewhat convincing at times, especially for some exterior shots, though my guess I'll probably have to do a couple pick up shots actually here in New York City, but you know so you're looking at places like Detroit, and Cleveland and, I'm Canadian, Toronto."

As previously reported, Spawn will only have around a $10 million budget, as McFarlane said he wants little to no studio interference. McFarlane, who wrote and will direct the movie, has since signed Blumhouse Productions - the studio behind small, but successful horror films like Get Out and Split. Of course, the tighter budget means McFarlane will have to be smart with how he spends it.

"I think those are spots you can shoot and there are areas that you can do convincing New York stock especially given you know I'm not down in the stories built around Wall Street," he explained. "I don't need those buildings. It's in sort of the grungier parts of town so I can find that at in other places. So, we're going to evaluate all that so cause, again, if you save $100,000 here, $200,000 here, half a million dollars here, it may allow you to do another trick or go get another actor or something. you're basically just moving the financial pieces around to get the most bang for your buck and we're going to do all that."

Spawn still doesn't have a release date, but with filming expected to begin in February, it probably won't be long before McFarlane shares some on-set updates on social media.
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