We have not seen a Spawn film since 1997 when Michael Jai White took on the role of the demonic leader of Hell’s army. These days we know that Todd MacFarlane, the creator of Spawn, has been working hard trying to get a new Spawn film made. Recently he has found a partner in Blumhouse Productions to make this all happen. So it looks like MacFarlane will be able to make the R-rated horror film that he has wanted to make.
At his own panel at ACE Comic-Con, MacFarlane talked about Spawn and the rating of the film and thanks to CinemaBlend we have some of that conversation. He takes a shot at the two most recent R-rated films, Marvel’s Deadpool and Logan saying:
“It’s funny in Hollywood, if you say you want to do an R-rated movie, they go like ‘Oh like Deadpool and like Logan?’ For me, no. Deadpool, to me, was a PG-13 action movie. It just had some naked butts and a couple f-bombs. Other than that, I thought it was the same PG-13 formula.”
It looks like he has a very specific idea of what an R-rated film should look like. Sure Deadpool has some gruesome violence but the rating is mostly to cover a lot of cursing and some nudity. As far as Logan MacFarland agrees that it is more R-rated but it will not compare to what he has in mind for Spawn:
“I’m talking R, I’m talking that there will not be a lot of fun, there will not be be any stupid lines in it… I never like my hero to make a joke right when the jeopardy was at its highest. So if I felt that my hero wasn’t afraid right now, why should I be?… I want my heroes to go ‘Shit, what do I do now?'”
MacFarlane wants his heroes to be afraid and that way convincing the audience that the danger the hero is facing is real. It looks like what he is trying to say is that he won’t be sacrificing the seriousness of the situation the hero finds himself with unnecessary lazy jokes, like most Marvel films do these days.
Sounds like MacFarland is going to give us a very “hard” R rated film, filled with scares and lots of blood. It will be interesting to watch this develop. Let’s see if he doesn’t go overboard trying to make it so extreme to stand out above the Marvel/DC films. What do you think about these statements from MacFarland? Let us know in the comments below!
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