McFarlane Talks His “Spawn” Reboot Plans

A revealed not long ago, the prolific comic book writer, artist, and entrepreneur Todd McFarlane has been hard at work on an all new feature film reboot of his classic superhero character Spawn.

The property was previously adapted for the screen both as the 1997 New Line feature starring Michael Jai White and John Leguziamo, and the very adult 1999 HBO animated series. McFarlane tells ComicBook.com that the script for the new film is “a dark, R-rated, scary, badass sort of script.”

McFarlane certainly appears certain that the production will finally get made sometime in the near future. He also says the key to it is to use the title character as little as possible onscreen:

“The world’s going to be real, except for one thing that’s going to move. You’re never going to see a dude in a rubber suit….This is going to be my Jaws shark. In the background, there’s this thing moving around, this boogeyman. That boogeyman just happens to be something that you and I, intellectually, know is Spawn. Will he look like he did in the first movie? No. Will he have a supervillain he fights? No. He’s going to be the spectre, the ghost.”

The first film was a modest box office success and a critical failure, even so it prompted development on a sequel right away and after nearly two decades in development it’s finally moving forward.