– by Joseph Jammer Medina

In Hollywood, there are dozens of projects that always seem to be on the verge of getting made — films that for one reason or another never seem to get off the ground, no matter how much momentum it seems to gather. Movies like The Crow, Akira, and Halo are all films that seemed to have everything going for it before coming to a complete halt for one reason or another — and rumors/updates about them never seem to die. Yet another one of these films is Spawn. Comic book fans, of course, recognize it as a fan favorite property, and even those who never cracked open a comic book will recognize it based on the 1997 film.

While that movie itself wasn’t incredibly well received by anyone, fans never gave up hope that a movie could be made if the studio stayed true to the source material. While there is that common thought among studios that a PG-13 rating makes a film more accessible to a wide audience, this year’s Deadpool proved that so long as you stay true to the character and tone of the source material, you can go as hard R as you want.

But it’s been a long road for this one. Spawn creator Todd McFarlane has worked hard at this for quite some time, and every six months or so, we usually get an update about the impending project’s status. Now, while on AMC’s Geeking Out, McFarlane gave yet another update on the long in-development project, confirming, yet again, that there will be a Spawn reboot:

“The simple answer is yes. It’s not gonna be a continuation. It’s not gonna be a sequel. It’s not gonna be any of that. Scrub that first movie, it was twenty years go. It’s gonna be a dark, R-rated, scary (punches his own palm), badass sorta script that’s tight. And it’s not a nice, polite PG-13 with ray guns…The world’s going to be real, except for one thing that’s going to move. Right, so when I watch The Exorcist, that movie was real except for the one girl whose head sort of twirled. You’re never gonna see a dude in a rubber suit, and you go, arm-arm-chest-leg-leg. You’re never gonna get that. This is going to be my Jaws shark.”

That all sounds well and good, though a part of me wonders what he means by that last part. Does he mean that it’ll be grounded except for that one element, and that that one element will be so well-made that you won’t be able to tell it from real life? I certainly hope so.

Regardless, I’ve always enjoyed McFarlane’s enthusiasm of the project, and this update certainly seems to fall in line with the update we got from him this past February, wherein he said the following:

“I’ve finished the script, and I’m in the process of editing. It’s 183 pages, and [producers] usually like 120. I still think it’s going to end up being about 140 because I’m putting in details for myself.”

Given how long this project has been in development, and how we get updated pretty regularly, it’s easy to get cynical about the project, thinking that it’ll never happen. However, if there ever was a time that this movie would be made, it’s now. As mentioned above, the recent success of Deadpool has opened the gates for more “mature” comic books to be true to their source material. We’ll just have to see if the studio will be willing to foot the bill for a hard R comic book movie that’s not a more standard action/comedy.

We’ll have to wait and see.

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SOURCE: Geeking Out (via Comicbook.com)

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.