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Todd McFarlane updates Spawn reboot, compares it to a low-budget Jaws & Alien

Jan. 14, 2011by: Jake Dee

March of 2010 was the last time we heard from Todd Mcfarlane, author of SPAWN the comic book, which saw big-screen adaptation from Mark A.Z. Dippe in 1997. In our last article, McFarlane was explaining how we saw a low-budget SPAWN reboot (sequel) as the absolute best way to go. Almost a year later, dude's beating the same old drum. Peep it...

Speaking with The L.A. Times, McFarlane had a lot to say about a newfangled SPAWN. Let's just dive right into it:

"One of the things that happened is after the first movie came out I started the toy company and sort of got distracted. But these days, as you might imagine, with the [Hollywood] success of Batman and Spider-Man and some of the Marvel titles, everybody's on a comic-book buying binge and the phone constantly rings. My attitude toward it is I can't get my head wrapped around some big special-effects movie with a super-villain in there.

There will be plenty of those and they've done pretty well. I've always seen Spawn as being cut from a different cloth. It's more of an urban, psychological story that's being told. The answer I've given the last few years is that Spawn should be a small-budget movie in which the only thing that's out of the ordinary is this thing that intellectually we know as Spawn and there would only be a handful of people that see it. I call it "it" because it never talks, it's just a force of nature. Really, the story revolves around the people who are trying to decide: "Is the ghost alive? Is the shadow actually moving?" When I give that pitch, some of the executives scratch their heads. To a lot of people, a movie where the [title] character doesn't talk doesn't make any sense. There have been a few movies like that. "Alien," you know, that guy didn't say much. Or " Jaws," the shark didn't have too many speaking lines. "Jaws" is the closest example, the movie wasn't about the shark, it's about the people chasing the shark."

He continued:

"The idea I pitch is that the movie shouldn't be about superheroes and laser beams - it's about the id of people and the group of people caught up in the story and seeing things out of the corner of their eye. And when I give the pitch, I also say that I will write and direct it. There's the nonnegotiable pieces of it. Then I have four suitors who say, "Yeah, cool, when do we start?" It means we're not looking for a $20-million actor and we're not looking for a big-budget extravaganza with lots of special effects. The story that I pitch is very tight, very contained, but done right.

I want a movie that gets people's hearts racing. I want to scare them. Spawn, done right, is a creepy character. Instead of a superhero who just stands there. That's why Batman was always the coolest of all the good guys. I never had one moment of affinity for [Superman]. He was a Boy Scout right from the moment he hit the ground. He was always polite and said the right thing.

I never felt like he was in danger because he could spin planets on his finger. Batman is a guy who could die if you threw him out of a window. More than that, even though he had women throwing themselves at him and millions of dollars, all he wanted to do was to wait until 3 a.m. and the pitch of black and say, "time to put the costume on and scare the bad guys." I relate way more to that guy. Spawn is Batman untethered, without the corporation behind it. Batman without limits, Batman who kills the Joker."

Dude's got some pretty interesting ideas floating around in the ol' noggin, ay? Which parts, if any, do you agree with? Disagree with?

Extra Tidbit: Theresa Randle (above) starred in the first SPAWN flick!
Source: L.A. Times

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9:36PM on 01/14/2011

I'm all for Todd!

I have been a fan of Spawn since I was in third grade, I am now 21. I love (for what it is) the live action movie. And if Todd wants to make a dark ass Spawn flick that is more in tone with the HBO series. FUCK YES!
I have been a fan of Spawn since I was in third grade, I am now 21. I love (for what it is) the live action movie. And if Todd wants to make a dark ass Spawn flick that is more in tone with the HBO series. FUCK YES!
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10:50PM on 01/14/2011
I'm definitely interested in seeing what Todd can do with this. But I think it's odd that he seems to be going against his own comic by making Spawn silent and less of a hero.
I'm definitely interested in seeing what Todd can do with this. But I think it's odd that he seems to be going against his own comic by making Spawn silent and less of a hero.
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7:33AM on 01/15/2011

Meh

Mcfarlane is all talk. His spawn-comic book series havent evolved. All style, no substance, after nearly 20 years and 200 issues nothing have changed. And how the hell would he do a low budget "psychological thriller" about a guy with a living cape, serving hell and fighting angels?
Mcfarlane is all talk. His spawn-comic book series havent evolved. All style, no substance, after nearly 20 years and 200 issues nothing have changed. And how the hell would he do a low budget "psychological thriller" about a guy with a living cape, serving hell and fighting angels?
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9:51AM on 01/15/2011
If they do a remake, they should re-cast Michael-Jai again...He was the only good thing about that other shit. (WHY was this guy never made a star?!) Leguizamo was great too but he was too tongue in cheek for the source material. Spawn was definitely done a mis-justice and deserves a well thought out 2nd chance. Theres a ton of great ideas in his universe.
If they do a remake, they should re-cast Michael-Jai again...He was the only good thing about that other shit. (WHY was this guy never made a star?!) Leguizamo was great too but he was too tongue in cheek for the source material. Spawn was definitely done a mis-justice and deserves a well thought out 2nd chance. Theres a ton of great ideas in his universe.
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11:41AM on 01/15/2011
I want to see this film get made, but I'm fucking tired of Todd talking about it and never actually showing any effort. Absolutely nothing in this article is new. He's spouted all of this exact same shit at least two years ago.
I want to see this film get made, but I'm fucking tired of Todd talking about it and never actually showing any effort. Absolutely nothing in this article is new. He's spouted all of this exact same shit at least two years ago.
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3:35PM on 01/15/2011
Seriously, stop talking about it and just make the damn thing, fund it yourself like you said you would! It doesn't even sound as if he's bothered to write a script for it. I think his idea would make an interesting film but I've given up on the idea of it ever happening.
Seriously, stop talking about it and just make the damn thing, fund it yourself like you said you would! It doesn't even sound as if he's bothered to write a script for it. I think his idea would make an interesting film but I've given up on the idea of it ever happening.
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8:52PM on 01/15/2011
I'm pretty sure by 2012 he's going to say the exact same thing. Dear Todd, if there's no actor or anybody want to involve, use your own inventory of action figures and make your own stop-motion picture about it. Yeah, that's probably the best way to go.
I'm pretty sure by 2012 he's going to say the exact same thing. Dear Todd, if there's no actor or anybody want to involve, use your own inventory of action figures and make your own stop-motion picture about it. Yeah, that's probably the best way to go.
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12:26PM on 01/16/2011
Mcfarlane has been talking about this sequel/reboot for over 10 years. Still nothing.....
Mcfarlane has been talking about this sequel/reboot for over 10 years. Still nothing.....
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