Spawn is one of the most legendary anti-heroes in all of comics, and was the figurehead for Image Comics for many years. The character has had a cartoon series and a live-action movie made about him, and soon, he’s going to get another movie. But this time, it’ll be headed up by creator Todd McFarlane himself. In an interview with AZCentral, he revealed the progress of the film, and the stereotypes he’s going to avoid:
“We just signed off on the script, and are going into budgeting,” McFarlane said. “We’re also having our casting meeting… It will be dark and heavy, serious, R-rated. It won’t be a superhero movie. I don’t think most people would categorize 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.”
Another interesting aspect of the film is that Spawn won’t actually say anything during the film, as that’s not his role in it.
“It’s about the sheriff and the people, chasing the ghost,” he continued. “That’s it… The lead role isn’t Spawn, the lead role is a cop, like Sheriff Brody from Jaws. I think we can hook a fairly significant actor that we want. Unlike a superhero movie, we wouldn’t need an actor to put on prosthetic (makeup) or go to the gym. We just need him to act.”
Production for the film is said to be starting early this year, maybe even in February.