We’ve been hearing about a new Spawn movie for ages now.
Spawn creator Todd McFarlane has teased fans that he was looking at crafting something akin to “The Departed meets Paranormal Activity”, an R-rated Spawn film that leans heavily into the horror genre.
“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,” McFarlane said in February 2016. “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.”
And still nothing.
Well, the reason for the lack of movement may be coming down to McFarlane. Not that he doesn’t want to move ahead, mind you, but that he wants to move ahead completely on his own terms. Seeing as he’s holding onto the intellectual property, McFarlane has all the power, and he’s decided he’ll be on board as writer, producer and director of the movie. Take it or leave it.
In an interview with SYFY Wire, McFarlane explained the creative control that he’s pitching to producers and studios.
“So, I’m going, ‘I’m not selling it, but if you want to see the rough draft, I’ll send it to ya. I’m not trying to sell it to ya,'” McFarlane said. “‘But, BUT, just so everybody knows, I write, produce, direct – non negotiable. And if you have a moment’s hesitation to that sentence, then we’ve got to end this conversation right now.'”
McFarlane said that “every single one of them” has asked for the script. “None of them has said, ‘You can’t direct it.'”
Seeing as McFarlane hasn’t directed a single movie, it’s somewhat understandable that producers and studios may be a little hesitant when it comes to forking out big bucks to a first-timer. On top of that, they don’t have the rights to develop it the way they would like.
At least McFarlane isn’t aiming for the skies in terms of budget.
“I wouldn’t ask to be a newbie director on a script that was going to have an eighty million budget for it,” McFarlane said.
“So, I’ve created this tight little one that I keep saying, ‘I think I can shoot for ten million.’ All the big studios go, ‘You’re crazy, Todd.’ But I think I can shoot it for ten.”
You have to respect McFarlane’s determination not to relinquish control. He has a game plan for this potential film, and he’s sticking to it. Whether that ends up being the best thing for the long-gestating project, assuming producers and/or a studio actually end up on board, remains to be seen.