Series creator Todd McFarlane has finished the script and says the new film will be a “hard R,” and described it as “The Departed meets Paranormal Activity.”
Spawn is a comic book published by Image Comics, beginning in 1992, and centers on a highly trained assassin who is murdered, sent to hell and then sells his soul in order to return to Earth.
The subject matter is not your average comic book fare, and has been notoriously hard to adapt to the screen. The only feature film so far, Spawn (1997), directed by VFX maestro Mark A.Z. Dippé, was a modest commercial success, but was derided by both fans and critics.
McFarlane spoke to ComicBook.com and confirmed that the resulting picture would not necessarily fit into the superhero genre.
He said: “I’d put it more into horror/suspense/supernatural genre. If you take the movie The Departed meets Paranormal Activity, something like that. 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 writer also talked about cutting down his screenplay and ambitions to direct the project.
He said: “I’ve finished the script, and I’m in the process of editing. It’s 183 pages, and (studios) usually like 120. I still think it’s going to end up being about 140, because I’m putting in details for myself.
“Basically, I can make this version of the movie on a budget without crazy special effects. I want to keep it small, keep it tight, so they’ll let me direct it.”
McFarlane produced the 1997 film through his own company Todd McFarlane Entertainment – the movie was then distributed by New Line Cinema.
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