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Spawn Speaks? ‘Not Quite,’ Says Todd McFarlane

Last year at New York Comic-Con, legendary creator Todd McFarlane spoke in length about plans for a new, self-directed Spawn reboot. The big budget 1997 film from New Line Cinema failed to meet box office and fans’ expectation, though interest in the character is still going strong. McFarlane and studio Blumhouse are set to unleash a different version of the Hellspawn once production wraps – and he won’t say a single word.

I like to explain that it’s my “Jaws.” Spawn doesn’t say a word the entire movie, and it’s the same way with “Jaws.” It’s about the sheriff and the people, chasing the ghost. That’s it…The lead role isn’t Spawn, the lead role is a cop, like Sheriff Brody from “Jaws.” -Todd McFarlane

Never one to shy away from the macabre, Todd’s take on the character may be just what fans have been waiting for! During the mid-90’s it can be argued that Spawn introduced an entire generation of fans to the world of independent comics, and made publisher Image a household name. During the height of its popularity, Spawn was adapted as an HBO animated series, while its comics and various spin-offs outsold major hitters like Spider-Man and Batman, the latter of which actually starred in a crossover with Spawn.

Spawn’s history aside, Todd McFarlane has also been extremely vocal in expressing that this isn’t simply “an R-rated superhero movie” like Deadpool or Logan, so don’t expect rippling biceps or ‘superhero poses.’ “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.”

Since Spawn himself is being relegated to a background role, this leaves room for a more human element with regard to storytelling. Cue Sam and Twitch? The well-known detective duo will be reportedly given a series on BBC, written, produced, and directed by Clerks director and comic scribe Kevin Smith.

Filming on the Spawn reboot is set to begin in February 2018, while Todd McFarlane himself will be giving updates via his Facebook page.

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