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Spawn (1997 film)

Spawn‘s next cinematic appearance has been dormant for nearly 20 years since the original Spawn hit theaters in 1997. But Todd McFarlane, who has been working toward making a new take on the character a reality since then, has offered some updates on what fans can expect from the newest spin on Spawn.

Speaking with at the 2016 New York Toy Fair, McFarlane said his “hard R” aims for the character would be less like the run of recent superhero action films of the last few years, with hopes of delivering a darker affair.

“I’d put it more into horror/suspense/supernatural genre,” McFarlane said to ComicBook, comparing his latest take on the character as a cross between The Departed and Paranormal Activity.

“He’s this thing that just whooshes in, this ghost that moves and will f–k you up if you’re in the wrong place in the wrong time, and the rest of the movie will look real, and be this real drama. He’s just this ghost, this thing behind it,” McFarlane explained. He noted the character won’t be like his last cinematic incarnation, with a villain to fight, and instead be “the boogeyman” McFarlane believes he should be.

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The Spawn creator cited more than just creative reasoning behind this take on the character. He wants to direct this next adaptation, and presenting the title character in such an elusive manner would keep costs low.

“Basically, I can make this version of the movie on a budget without crazy special effects,” he said.

McFarlane also noted to ComicBook that he had completed the script for the film, with a larger-than-normal page count because he’s “putting in details for myself” in conjunction with his hopes to direct.

Spawn, the story of a special forces agent killed and then revived as the intended leader of Hell’s army but who shirks his evil responsibilities ultimately in favor of fighting for good, first hit theaters in 1997 with Michael Jai White in the title role.

For more on McFarlane’s current Spawn plans, including new figures, read both of his interviews with

Spawn (1997 film)
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