– by Joseph Jammer Medina

For years, Spawn creator Todd McFarlane has teased an impending Spawn remake that would stay more true to his original vision. With the film now at Blumhouse, it’s finally making headway, and at NYCC, he teased how dark it’ll truly be (via Deadline) — taking shots at last year’s Deadpool in the process.

“[It won’t be R-rated like Deadpool] with a couple F-bombs and a couple bare asses. “It’s going to be dark. I will have a shark in black water. and if you’re swimming he will come and you’ll be gone and he will f**k you up.”

McFarlane also stated that the darkness will “spring from a realistic drama that will play on fear,” which is great to hear.

The film (which he’s directing for a low-budget sum of $10 million) will hit pre-production after Christmas, and is set to hit production in February. In regards to getting a distributor and marketer for the film, McFarlane thinks that, given his first look deal with Universal, that they’ll likely take it, but he’s open to other studios coming in as well.

Then he got real about what he expects from said studios:

“The only things we need from them are distribution and marketing. We don’t need your input, we don’t need your cash, we don’t need your creativity – and they don’t like those deals. They always want the budget to go up because then they have to put money in it and then they own it.”

Gotta respect his honesty.

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SOURCE: Deadline

  • Victor Roa

    10 million? even if he had a good crew….. I find it hard to imagine he could pull it off. Like the 1997 Spawn film had like replacement effects of American Werewolf in Parin as Malebolgia. The director of It last movie Mama was budgeted at 20 mil and that had complicated effects.

  • Moby85

    I’m sorry in 2017 $10 million is bare bones. That’s true low-budget money there and I can’t see how it’ll have believable effects, practical or CGI, with such a budget.

    • Victor Roa

      the weird thing is….. I don’t doubt McFarlane has had deals with movie studios in the past 25 years of doing spawn. Like I am reminded seeing an art book of his toy line, and he actually did have a model of Hellraiser Pinhead but then scraped all of it when he got a deal with Clive Barker to make something new. So I wouldn’t be surprised that he knows a small crew of effects guy who will work extra and get it looking awesome…… but 10 mil…. I don’t know if that could afford the studio rental fees?

  • Deadpool definitely earned it’s R rating but okay Todd

  • TamosC

    Honestly Todd leave Deadpool out your mouth, that was a complete movie and a justified hit, you have your work cut out to even achieve 50% of that.

  • Bruce Norris

    My understanding is that all the actors will be working for free. I’m guessing they get a “piece of the pie later”? That alone can cut cost considerably.

    • TheOct8pus

      They’re actually getting paid in pie

  • Tonk99

    Cool! A new Spawn movie! …said no-one ever.

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.