Todd McFarlane Says He’s Got Offers for a Spawn Reboot

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Todd McFarlane has been talking up a “Spawn” reboot for a while now, though I haven’t necessarily heard anyone else match his enthusiasm for the property. According to McFarlane, his new “Spawn” movie will be the kind of film where you’ll want to take your teenage dates to it. Even if, you know, your wife doesn’t know you’re dating teenagers. Anyways. According to McFarlane, he’s got literally five offers on the table from studios big and small to reboot the franchise, which McFarlane has maintained will be nothing like the dreck that came out in 1997 starring John Leguizamo as a bloated clown.

Via Topless Robot, MacFarlane boasts:

“Right now I literally have five offers on the table, everything from the big studios… to more where I’m leaning, which is more of a smaller budget – just keep it down, keep it dark, keep it grungy – I mean, I’ve got two teenage daughters, and I’m trying to come up with an idea that would get them and their dates to go to it. And it’s not a comic book movie, it’s just a scary movie, a creepy movie. …Think The Departed, but with something moving in the shadows.

Wow, really, Todd? “Literally” five offers? What does “literally” mean? Are the offers literally laying on his table right now? I’m just saying. Guy’s got two teenage daughters. He should stop using words like “literally” around the first one.

Anyways, a new “Spawn” movie. The creator still wants to do it, and he’s got offers. He says it’s “The Departed” with something moving in the shadows. Huh. Doesn’t sound like a “Spawn” movie to me. Isn’t this the comic book about a guy who dies, goes to hell, and comes back to fight crime? Or am I thinking about a Spider-Man issue where he drops acid?

Below: Chicks dig Spawn’s crazy, floating cape. The face? Not so much.

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  • The Strongest There Is

    I for one would like to see a deep dark and grungy spawn movie. ANything is possible if crap like wolverine makes 87 million. Ive always loved spawn and what I think he means by a movie that you can take your teenage date too is a movie focused more on the story aspect of Spawn than the spectacular crazy aspect. Maybe something focused around the detectives but still an influence of the supernatural. I think most comic book movies should be done this way personally. Most comic book movies suffer from having TOO much money thrown at them. While I say this, Some need the money to pull of their stories, but most merely use the money to amp up a mediocre script. I’m down for it. Let’s see what he “listerally” has on the table before the snide remarks and jokes.

  • The Strongest There Is

    I for one would like to see a deep dark and grungy spawn movie. ANything is possible if crap like wolverine makes 87 million. Ive always loved spawn and what I think he means by a movie that you can take your teenage date too is a movie focused more on the story aspect of Spawn than the spectacular crazy aspect. Maybe something focused around the detectives but still an influence of the supernatural. I think most comic book movies should be done this way personally. Most comic book movies suffer from having TOO much money thrown at them. While I say this, Some need the money to pull of their stories, but most merely use the money to amp up a mediocre script. I’m down for it. Let’s see what he “listerally” has on the table before the snide remarks and jokes.

  • The Strongest There Is

    I for one would like to see a deep dark and grungy spawn movie. ANything is possible if crap like wolverine makes 87 million. Ive always loved spawn and what I think he means by a movie that you can take your teenage date too is a movie focused more on the story aspect of Spawn than the spectacular crazy aspect. Maybe something focused around the detectives but still an influence of the supernatural. I think most comic book movies should be done this way personally. Most comic book movies suffer from having TOO much money thrown at them. While I say this, Some need the money to pull of their stories, but most merely use the money to amp up a mediocre script. I’m down for it. Let’s see what he “listerally” has on the table before the snide remarks and jokes.

  • Angelmci01

    Well, I remember in 97 when Spawn came out, I was extremely excited. I was a huge Spawn fan, and I mean HUGE. Then I saw it. Michael Jai White was an awful choice. Spawn needed someone with a lot more firepower, acting-wise that is. Martin Sheen as the bad guy? Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez’s dad? No. The only good part of the movie was John Leguizamo as the Clown. The scenes in hell were far too animated looking, as was Malebolgia and the Violator. Work out the kinks, Todd, before you try this stuff again. If it gets screwed up again, you might as well kiss your Hollywood career goodbye. This could be a bad thing, especially if the rumors I’ve heard about Todd McFarlane doing an Alice in Wonderland movie are true. I’d love to see his take on that, it could be incredibly dark and demented. Good luck, is all I can say, Todd, you’re gonna need it.

  • Angelmci01

    Well, I remember in 97 when Spawn came out, I was extremely excited. I was a huge Spawn fan, and I mean HUGE. Then I saw it. Michael Jai White was an awful choice. Spawn needed someone with a lot more firepower, acting-wise that is. Martin Sheen as the bad guy? Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez’s dad? No. The only good part of the movie was John Leguizamo as the Clown. The scenes in hell were far too animated looking, as was Malebolgia and the Violator. Work out the kinks, Todd, before you try this stuff again. If it gets screwed up again, you might as well kiss your Hollywood career goodbye. This could be a bad thing, especially if the rumors I’ve heard about Todd McFarlane doing an Alice in Wonderland movie are true. I’d love to see his take on that, it could be incredibly dark and demented. Good luck, is all I can say, Todd, you’re gonna need it.

  • Angelmci01

    Well, I remember in 97 when Spawn came out, I was extremely excited. I was a huge Spawn fan, and I mean HUGE. Then I saw it. Michael Jai White was an awful choice. Spawn needed someone with a lot more firepower, acting-wise that is. Martin Sheen as the bad guy? Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez’s dad? No. The only good part of the movie was John Leguizamo as the Clown. The scenes in hell were far too animated looking, as was Malebolgia and the Violator. Work out the kinks, Todd, before you try this stuff again. If it gets screwed up again, you might as well kiss your Hollywood career goodbye. This could be a bad thing, especially if the rumors I’ve heard about Todd McFarlane doing an Alice in Wonderland movie are true. I’d love to see his take on that, it could be incredibly dark and demented. Good luck, is all I can say, Todd, you’re gonna need it.

  • http://corelliansmugglers.com/ Xanatos

    Been waiting, been waiting, been waiting.
    Stay with the small companies and make it the way you want to TODD!
    We already got the weak Spawn. Time for Todd’s Spawn. Yes I agree don’t make a Wolverine. Mediocre flick with no heart at all. WOuld love Leo in it but wont hold my breathe. Just want a good Spawm. The comics and the HBO movie are soooo good , time for Todd to show what he got on the big screen. Sam and Twitch all the way!

  • http://corelliansmugglers.com/ Xanatos

    Been waiting, been waiting, been waiting.
    Stay with the small companies and make it the way you want to TODD!
    We already got the weak Spawn. Time for Todd’s Spawn. Yes I agree don’t make a Wolverine. Mediocre flick with no heart at all. WOuld love Leo in it but wont hold my breathe. Just want a good Spawm. The comics and the HBO movie are soooo good , time for Todd to show what he got on the big screen. Sam and Twitch all the way!

  • http://corelliansmugglers.com Xanatos

    Been waiting, been waiting, been waiting.
    Stay with the small companies and make it the way you want to TODD!
    We already got the weak Spawn. Time for Todd’s Spawn. Yes I agree don’t make a Wolverine. Mediocre flick with no heart at all. WOuld love Leo in it but wont hold my breathe. Just want a good Spawm. The comics and the HBO movie are soooo good , time for Todd to show what he got on the big screen. Sam and Twitch all the way!