R-rated comic book movies are in vogue right now after the phenomenal success of Joker, and one creator who is keen to jump on the bandwagon is noted comic book artist and entrepreneur Todd McFarlane who is keen to bring his long gestating Spawn remake to the big screen.
MovieWeb reported that McFarlane confirmed that the final stages are in play for the film to pick up it’s financing and that McFarlane credited the success of Joker in pushing the movie one step closer to being a reality.
“Everybody in Hollywood wants an R-rated, dark comic book movie, and Spawn is at the top of their list. The phone calls are coming in fast and rapid. I’ve been talking to a couple of Academy Award people, I’ve got the investors getting lined up. It’s changed ever since the Joker from being me begging them to do Spawn dark and creepy, to them asking. So I’m telling you it will happen this year. This year. And I will direct it. I will be directing it”, said McFarlane.
McFarlane already has Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx in place to star as Al Simmons/Spawn, while Academy Award nominee and Marvel alumnus Jeremy Renner is also set to join the project as New York Police Detective Twitch Williams. Also on board is Jason Blum, who will be producing the film through his Blumhouse Productions banner and this is really setting the stage for the film’s hard-R take that McFarlane wants to bring up on screen.
It will be the first time that McFarlane will have directed, and he is looking to make the film for less than $10 million dollars and has likened his screenplay’s style to that of Jaws.
While we’re still a way off from seeing an official start date this news is extremely promising and fans will be excited to finally see this production move forward after such a long wait.