The long-awaited Spawn movie adaptation is finally in development, and fans will be happy to hear that the character, who has never been a traditional comic book hero, will take that subversive attitude to the big screen.
Creator Todd McFarlane, who created the Spawn character and will be making his feature directorial debut by adapting his own work, recently spoke about how the adaptation will be far closer to a supernatural thriller than a typical superhero project:
“It will be dark and heavy, serious, R-rated. It won’t be a superhero movie. I don’t think most people would categorise it as that. It will be a supernatural thriller, like a lot of good creep movies. The only thing in the movie that’s fantastic is Spawn, and anything else is otherwise normal”.
McFarlane didn’t reveal any juicy details about the film but did confirm its R-Rating and the fact that he’s looking to push the boundaries beyond what comic book films have been, even the recent ones that have subverted the genre and pushed it into new territory, such as Deadpool and Logan. He did go on to, intriguingly, compare the project to Jaws:
“I like to explain that it’s my Jaws. Spawn doesn’t say a word the entire movie, and it’s the same way with Jaws. It’s about the sheriff and the people, chasing the ghost. That’s it…The lead role isn’t Spawn, the lead role is a cop, like Sheriff Brody from Jaws”.
Despite his inexperience in the movie field, McFarlane seems to have a clear vision as to what the character and film should be, which is exactly why you hire the original comics creator to helm the project in the first place. He mentioned surrounding himself with good people that help guide him through the experience, but mentioned he’s not feeling particularly nervous.
And why should he? He knows the character inside out, plus, considering the only cinematic adaptation of the unconventional comic book hero is 1997’s terrible, forgettable Spawn, McFarlane can surely only improve on that monstrosity. From what we’ve heard so far, this is quickly becoming one of the most exciting superhero projects in development.