I remember going into film school, and one of the jobs I felt like I’d never want to do is produce. I wanted to solely be involved on the more creative aspects and not have to worry about all the crap that goes into getting it made — the money, the logistics, the politics. Unfortunately, little did I realize the reality of it all. There’s a reason why so many actors have their own production banners. The best way to actually get work in Hollywood is to actually make your own work. The best way to find an acting gig is to make one.
It’s because of this that it’s no big surprise that Todd McFarlane has been spearheading his own Spawn reboot for years and years now. As long as I’ve been doing the film journalism deal, I’ve pretty much held the idea that Spawn news is non-news, as this is a project that refuses to get going. But here we are again. In 2019, and in spite of it seemingly gaining momentum a couple of years back, with McFarlane himself apparently serving as director.
Now, speaking with BeTerrific at Toy Fair 2019, McFarlane gave an update, and it sounds like they’re retreading some familiar ground.
“Right now it’s being polished by another writer-director from the script that we handed him,” McFarlane told the outlet. “He’s supposed to be done with it here in a few weeks, and then once we sort of go back and forth and tighten it up a little bit, then we’re going into Hollywood and we’re gonna get a yes or no.”
But what about an actual update on the project?
“Here’s what I can tell you,” McFarlane said. “I have people with money on the sidelines. There are people that are gonna help me make this movie. The question is, do we go into Hollywood, make a deal with Hollywood, and then go and make the production, and then come back? Or do I take the outside money, go make it, and then come back to Hollywood?”
“Either way, the movie’s coming,” McFarlane continued. “It’s not an ‘if,’ it’s a ‘when.’ I just think that it would be better for the process if we could attach one of the studios in advance, and then go put it out. Because then we’d be able to make an announcement of the release date, and a couple things that matter to the fans, knowing that it’s coming instead of making it and then trying to get the release date later.”
Makes you kind of wonder about all the other stuff that happened the past couple of years. As was reported back in 2017 by THR, Blumhouse teamed up with McFarlane to make Spawn happen, seemingly pointing to a low-budget take on the dark character. Has Blumhouse disappeared from the picture, or does McFarlane not consider them a Hollywood studio? And is Jamie Foxx still attached?
What exactly is going on here? Only time will tell, I guess, but do you think it’ll actually happen? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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