In something that's become a bit of an annual event, legendary comic book creator has emerged to remind the world that, yes, a Spawn reboot is still in the works, and yes, it's still a priority of his. In an exclusive interview with Comicbook.com, McFarlane sat down to chat about when we might see some movement on the Spawn Reboot and how it differs from the original 1997 film, which most people would argue was ahead of its time.
Comicbook.com: Last I read about the Spawn movie, you were working on a script, it might start shooting this year, and Jamie Foxx was interested. Are there any more updates on the Spawn movie status?
Todd McFarlane: Yeah, I was hoping I could have gave myself a deadline to get stuff done by the end of December, beginning of January, and I’m not quite there. Although, one of the things that takes up a lot of my time besides work is I manage a baseball team and that occupies a lot of my spare time. The boys are fourteen, and a couple of them are going into high school, and the rest of them will be trying out for school ball here in the next week. The last year we played year round. I’m going to be shutting it down so the boys can go and play school ball. So as much as I’ll probably have withdrawals because I’m not hanging around the ball field as much, it will actually give me that time to finish up the final touches on the script.
Will it be "PG-13" or are you going for an "R" Rating?
It will be a definite “R.” Not so much that I tell people...I don’t want "R" to do excessive violence or nudie people or any of that. It’s just that some of the content, which is sort of street thug and police officers, you’re getting into some dark and gritty 2 AM in the morning bad guy stuff. That conversation, it doesn't lend itself to being PG-13. Those types of people, those types of characters have a certain vernacular that they speak with, so you can’t do it, right. So you have to dip into "R" rated, just to be actually able to do characters in the proper fashion. Again, I don’t know if anybody could do a mafia story and not make it "R," just because of the way people talk. And once you start using a couple curse words, it sort of crosses over into that in the film ratings anyway.
I know Jamie Foxx has said he’s interested. Are there any other actors or actresses that have expressed interest in the casting?
Yeah, I’ve had a couple. You know, over the years, I’ve had agents and managers phone me to say, “Hey Todd, what are you doing with it? What’s the status of it? We have interest in it.” The majority of it doesn’t necessarily come from the actors to start with. It comes from the production houses and the big studios. And then once you sort of get something off the ground, and the actors then know that there’s something being developed in a serious fashion, then that’s when sometimes they’ll start popping their head out of the ground and taking a look at things. And/or their agents inquiring about it. It usually works where you go get the machinery moving and you start looking for the actors and everybody else a little bit later. So there’s been a couple that have already expressed interest, but that’s sort of way ahead of the game. But it’s good for the project to know that there’s well-thought of people, great talent that are maybe willing to lend a helping hand.
It's interesting that McFarlane is adamant about keeping an "R" rating for the film. Considering this is the reason Fox and the scriptwriters are at loggerheads over Deadpool, you have to wonder if McFarlane will refuse to hand over his character to a studio until that studio agrees in contract to keep it R-rated, and you can be certain McFarlane will keep creative control of his creation.
Thoughts? Do you really think we'll see a Spawn reboot any time soon, or is this just McFarlane updating us with no end in sight? Sound off in the comments.