Spawn creator Todd McFarlane is finally set to write, produce, and direct his dream version of a Spawn movie, which is actually happening this time due to backing from Jason Blum and his company Blumhouse, the company behind Paranormal Activity, Insidious, The Purge, Split, Get Out, and next week’s Happy Death Day. If you haven’t guessed from that, the new Spawn film will be a horror movie, set from a cop’s perspective, with Spawn as more of a menacing creature/monster than protagonist.
At New York Comic Con, McFarlane had a chat with ComicBook.com to talk about the film, including potential sequels and casting.
The first film is expected to carry a budget of $10 million to $12 million, a number much lower than your typical superhero fare, but right in line with what is spent on other Blumhouse productions, leading to their profitability. McFarlane explained how the low budget could open the door for sequels:
“If we can do it and get the opening that I think we can get; if we get the same number of people that came 20 years ago, the same number of people, in today’s dollars that’s $40,000,000. Then it will allow you again to go, let’s get to the next one, let’s get to the next one, let’s get to the next one. I’ve told people that at the end of the first movie there’s two directions you can go.”
As far as casting Spawn, McFarlane says he has taked with “some big A-list actiors,” though he would not reveal any names and stressed that an A-List actor isn’t essential to make the film work:
“I don’t want to put anybody on the spot there. A lot of creep movies just work on their own without a big star. Think about your two or three favorite creepiest movies, most of them don’t have stars in it, or they weren’t the stars probably that they maybe became later. I know we’re going to have that conversation of, let’s just do the creep and it’s just going to work on its own. The lead character in the movie, which is a cop, at worst I just need somebody that will act their ass off, that is just a great actor. That opens up the bucket a little bit wider than saying you need an A-lister to put on, so we’ll see.”
Spawn is expected to go into production by February 2018. There is no release date set as of yet.
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