We’ve been waiting with bated breath for Todd McFarlane’s R-rated Spawn reboot to come to fruition. But even though it’s been optioned by Blumhouse and Universal (and Oscar winner Jamie Foxx has been secured as the lead), there’s been little progress in 2019. In January, McFarlane seemed noticeably frustrated by the slog.
“Putting the financing together and trying to convince the city that you can go into various corners of superhero movies genres. Venom is a perfect example, that you can take an ‘anti-hero character’ who was originally created as a villain and make them this sort of do-gooder. Even though he doesn’t play by the rules, you can make a billion dollars. I’m asking them, what’s the movie, whether it’s Deadpool or Guardians of the Galaxy or Suicide Squad or The Joker… Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Daredevil…which one is it that’s failing? None. So that’s what I’m trying to tell Hollywood. Why is Spawn going into a dark corner that doesn’t follow the norms? Why is that one going to be the odd fit that’s not going to swim upstream? Of course it will. If we keep the budget small, of course it will sell, and now we get to say, ‘From the co-creator of Venom’ on top of it. Cool.”
Last May, he was still fuming:
“The money’s sitting on the sidelines ready to go. I just need to get everyone that wants to put in money to shake their heads to the same script. As you can imagine, everyone has a slightly different version of it in their head. You just go and trying to appease a handful of people while not giving in to what it is that I’m trying to do myself. Because if I have to change it too much, I’ll just walk away from it all.”
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Now, we’re getting word that McFarlane is so committed to bringing his vision of Spawn to big screens he’ll even employ crowdfuning if necessary. Here’s what he told ComicBook.com:
“Look I am relentless, I’m like a dog with a bone. I will get there, I promise you. I will get there. Because I will beat the system. Here’s what I’ll do: I’ll do it as a Kickstarter… and here’s the Kickstarter: I need 20 million people to give me a dollar. And I will make this movie, and when I get the money back I’ll return the dollar back to you. And you will be my producers… and all I’ll need is the distribution.”
What do you think, Spawn fans? Would you be willing to kick down some hard-earned cash to see Todd McFarlane’s film come to fruition? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can also carry on the convo with me personally on Twitter @josh_millican.