It would seem that every two or three months Spawn creator Todd McFarlane talks about his dream of making yet another Spawn movie. Well, if believe him, it looks like things are progressing in the right direction.
Spawn, originally adapted for the big screen in 1997, chronicles the journey of a government assassin who is killed in action, goes to hell, makes a deal with the devil, and returns to the mortal plane as a warrior in Satan’s army, a Hellspawn. The film is not particularly good, but then again the comic’s quality is also not aging particularly well either.
In a new interview McFarlane had this to say, “It’s a $10 million, R-rated supernatural movie that takes all the superhero stuff out of it. So for people who want to go see an Iron Man redo, that’s not it. For people who like The Conjuring, then it’s going to be right up that alley.”
McFarlane said the film was a’“Supernatural thriller. I grew up on things like Rosemary’s Baby and The Omen, things like that. Those movies only had one fantastic element in [them], and it was the supernatural or the ghost, and everything else in the world was normal. With superheroes, you have to have the hero, the super-villain, the fantastic headquarters, sometimes even the sidekick and you get more and more fantastic. This is just going to be The Departed and L.A. Confidential with a ghost moving around in it.”
When asked about the possibility of Jaimie Fox playing Spawn/Al Simmons he said ” “You know, Jamie was out at my office. I thought we were going to keep it on the Q.T. I’ve talked to some pretty high-profile actors. I think he’s just putting the pressure on me to get the script done. So I sold him on my pitch. I go, ‘Here, I’ve got an idea that could keep you in the Spawn movies for twenty years, but it can’t be about physicality. It has to be more about a little bit of acting and then this specter, this sentinel, that moves around in an otherwise hard drama movie.’”
Am I crazy or does all of this sound really good? A bold new direction, a new tone, a smaller, more intimate film. This could be the high concept Spawn movie that I’ve never known I wanted to see.