Todd McFarlane updates on Spawn reboot, promises 'dark, R-rated' approach

Work has been stumbling forward on a new version of Spawn for years, and now creator Todd McFarlane has offered up a fresh update on the long-developing film project.

In a recent episode of Geeking Out, McFarlane said the script is complete, and he’s currently working to chop it down from a way-too-big 183 pages to a more manageable 140 pages (a film script typically clocks in at 120 pages, for reference). That’s news, at least — since last we spoke with McFarlane a few years ago, he was still toiling away on the first draft.

As for the story, McFarlane promised it’ll be a whole lot darker than the campy mess that hit the big screen in 1997:

“[It will be] a dark, R-rated, scary, badass sort of script. [T]he 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.”

This jibes with what McFarlane has been saying about the project for a while now, aiming to tell a more grounded story where Spawn is essentially the only supernatural element. Here’s an excerpt from what McFarlane told us about his approach to the story a while back:

“There's not 12 Draculas. The monster was the only fantastic element in that world. You could say the same thing with movies like The Exorcist. There’s only one girl who can spin her head, not 12, and the guy that tried to exorcise her didn’t have special powers.”

Do you hope this Spawn adaptation finally makes it into production? Can this franchise work on the big screen?

(Via Comic Book)

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