Todd McFarlane's 'Spawn' is just one of those stories and comic books that could use a pretty damn good movie. I hated the live-action movie that was done, it was absolutely awful! It should have been done so much better, what a waste. The HBO animated series on the other hand was pretty freakin' awesome though! I don't know if any of you have seen them or not but you should definitely check it out. I believe it was on the air for three seasons.
I'm one of those guys that has been waiting in anticipation for a new Spawn movie to get off the ground whether it is animated or live-action it is something that needs to be done right. Todd McFarlane recently talked with the folks at IESB and he revealed where the movie stands at this point, and here is what he has to say:
"Right now I literally have five offers on the table. Everything from the big studios, and the big budgeted production with a lot of special effects. To where I'm leaning which is actually sort 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 I've been living with for ten years, that would actually 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. It happens to have... everythings real, except for one element which happens to be the character we know as Spawn. So it's not going to be a super villain verses a superhero or anything like that stuff. It's just gonna be a tight movie. Think of 'Departed' with something sort of moving in the shadows a little bit."
I have heard him talk about an idea like this before, so it looks like this is the kind of story he is going to stick with. I like the idea. it sounds like it will be more of a Sam and Twitch horror detective movie rather than a full blown Spawn flick. If he goes that route, Spawn lurking in the shadows and taking out people could be pretty damn cool. McFarlane then goes on to why he wants to go the low budget route.
"The guys are getting restless, going 'Todd you gotta get your boys in here one way or the other', and they want to know whats going on. The problem is if it goes big they're only gonna let me produce it. If I go smaller they'll let me write and direct it. I gotta get it down small enough, which is the idea I've had, which basically keeps the budget small enough. Or there just gonna go get a a schmuck director, and I go, well hold on a sec, I'll be the schmuck then, and let me go on."
So the ultimate selling point for McFarlane making a new Spawn movie is the fact that he want's full creative power. He wants to write, direct, and produce. I have no idea what kind of a director he would be, but it looks like the only way this is all going to go down is if he gets what he wants. So I guess we will find out sooner or later how good of a film director Todd McFarlane can be.