Todd McFarlane Promises Spawn Reboot Will Be “Dark-R”
Over a year ago, Todd McFarlane stated that he had completed a script for a reboot of Spawn, the comic he created and which saw a movie adaptation 20 years ago. The plan was to make a film that was low-budget so that McFarlane would direct it and to give it a far darker and edgier appearance than what we previously saw.
Speaking with Peel the Orange, he explained, “I’d put it more into horror/suspense/supernatural genre. In the background, there’s this thing moving around, this boogeyman. That boogeyman just happens to be something that you and I, intellectually, know is Spawn. Will he look like he did in the first movie? No. Will he have a supervillain he fights? No. He’s going to be the spectre, the ghost.”
At this point, it seemed like we weren’t going to hear anything more and that the project was essentially treading water, neither sinking nor swimming. However, in a new video over on Twitch, McFarlane shows that he’s still 100% committed to a Spawn reboot and that the performances of both Deadpool and Logan are spurring him to go for a “Dark-R” rating.
Mimicking a left-to-right gauge, McFarlane states, “If here’s PG-13 and here’s Deadpool and here’s Logan, we’re going to be here.” The crowd seems to love this idea, which I am in agreement with. There can absolutely be comic book movies aimed at children and teenagers. However, there are countless adults who have grown up with comics for decades and they deserve the chance to see the more violent and visceral stories hit the screen.