Early last year came word that Blumhouse Productions was teaming with “Spawn” creator Todd McFarlane for a tightly budgeted R-rated “Spawn” reboot, but since then there’s been little to no progress for various reasons.
This week though, McFarlane was out doing press for his comic passing 301 issues – breaking the record for the longest-running creator-owned superhero comic in history. During this, he was asked by The Phoenix New Times about the status of his long-gestating movie.
McFarlane claims interest for the film has suddenly surged in the last few weeks, and its all thanks to the runaway success of “Joker”:
“We keep pushing for it. It’s interesting cause the Marvel movies, the MCU, has been doing quite well and those are PG-13 movies. I keep trying to convince people that doing a dark, serious comic book movie will work. There’s been so much success with these PG-13 movies that there’s a resistance to them in Hollywood.
But since Joker came out, it proves what I’ve been saying for over two years to any executives I can talk to. Serious dark comic books can work. R-movies can succeed. So now, all of a sudden, I’ve been getting a lot of phone calls saying, ‘Todd, we need to talk to you about that R-rated dark thing you wanted to do.’ So Joker did me a favor.”
The Todd Phillips-directed DC Comics adaptation of “Joker” has grossed $856 million worldwide thus far. McFarlane wrote the script for his new “Spawn” movie personally and remains intent on directing, but the budget remains a problematic issue. Jamie Foxx is attached to star in the title role, with Hawkeye actor Jeremy Renner also attached as a lead character, Twitch Williams.