Todd McFarlane is Still Intent on Writing/Directing That Spawn Reboot


Spawn Comic Book CoverHard to believe that the first “Spawn” movie came out in 1997. That’s over 16 years ago! But to hear original Spawn creator Todd McFarlane tell it, the character is still very much primed for a comeback, albeit in a smaller, lesser form.

McFarlane was recently hawking his wares (he’s also a highly successful toymaker) over at Fan Expo, when San Francisco’s The Gate caught up with him. The conversation, of course, turned to the “Spawn” movie that McFarlane has, seemingly, been talking about writing/directing/producing for the last 10 years (or thereabouts).

Here’s what McFarlane had to say:

The reality is that I’ve got a lot of pressure. They want me to deliver the script by the end of the year, which would basically mean we’d be shooting next year. So, that’s the goal right now. The thing that keeps slowing it down is that the negotiation I’ve done is I write, produce, direct, but I’ve got to push a lot of my other endeavours off to the side so I can just get tunnel vision on it. And so everybody at my company is now going, ‘We’ve got to find Todd the time to finish all this.’

You’re the boss, Todd. If you want to push everything aside to do this movie, then push everything aside. Seriously, I’m sure those toys can make themselves without you having to stand over every single action figure.

But from the sounds of it, McFarlane has really given the movie some thought. He goes on:

I think it’s a 60-70 day shoot. I think it’s a quick shoot. It’s not going to be a giant budget with a lot of special effects, it’s going to be more of a horror movie and a thriller movie, not a superhero one. I’ve got so many people phoning now that I’ve got to get it done. I’ve made some promises to people this year.

He goes on to talk about the big-name actors (including some “Academy Award guys”) who have told him that they’d love to play the character. Last I heard, Jamie Foxx was really interested in playing Spawn, and who knows, if his Electro is a hit, maybe we’ll see that finally happen.

Check out the full interview with the Gate:

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  • Dedpool

    Okay if Foxx is interested then someone needs to get on board and help McFarlane get this done. Yo Goyer take a break and help this man out!

  • Aegon the Conqueror

    I’d order my gf to give Tod a blow job if it’ll get this movie made!

    • Rondell Vector Prime

      I so wish Todd takes you up on that…….

      • Aegon the Conqueror

        Off course to do that he’d have to fly us both to Hollywood so im thinking she might just be ok with it lol!

    • Dedpool


    • Aegon’s Girlfriend

      your not getting any later…

      • Dedpool


      • Aegon the Conqueror

        They say imitation is the truest form of flattery, consider me flattered.

        Seriously though I’d kill for a comic.loving gf. We made a deal, i dont question or bother her about her obsessive shoe buying, she doesnt question me about my obsessive collecting of games, comic books and and comic memorabilia.

  • Bohica1010

    Stop with the remake! If you think the first one bombed, move on after 15 years. You can’t go back and change that. Move the story forward and give us something new.

    • Dedpool

      Not really a remake. It’s not trying to remake the orginal movie, it’s making a NEW movie starting over. I think personally the origin should be more of a mystery.