It was recently announced that Todd McFarlane and Jason Blum had teamed up to bring McFarlane’s new Spawn movie to Blumhouse Productions. For many, this was incredibly exciting news as it’s been 20 years since we last saw the antihero on the big screen and a dark, gritty adaptation for this character is incredibly appealing.
The folk over at ComicBook recently caught up with McFarlane, who told them how everything came together.
“It started, essentially, the day after the last movie. Every movie, if you like it, you go, ‘When’s the next one coming?’ But it’s been 20 years now. I went off and we started Image and I got involved with my toy company and got distracted for a while and then formulated the idea and thought about it for a while and started writing in fits and starts because I still had the other businesses I was running,” he explains.
When he met Jason, he found himself thinking, “Jason’s brand with Blumhouse Productions has been these R-rated, low budget, scary, cool movies that are successful, and they work, and they allow you then to make another movie. The thought was always, and I never moved off it, was that I’d write, produce, and direct, which I will…So now I needed to surround myself with people that were going to make me look good and one of the first steps is to get a good production house – and it sounds silly what I’m about to say – that can make a low budget movie.”
As for what viewers can expect from the film, McFarlane states, “It’s just going to be this dark, gritty world, and there’s going to be one thing in the entire world that is fantastic and it’s going to be Spawn. I’d call it a dark supernatural thriller.”
We last saw Spawn on the bigscreen in 1997 in Mark A.Z. Dippé’s adaptation, which starred Michael Jai White in the titular role, John Leguizamo as The Violator, Martin Sheen as Jason Wynn, and Theresa Randle as Wanda Blake Simmons. The film was not well-received upon release and plans for a sequel were scrapped in the early 2000’s.