Todd McFarlane sat down with MyDVDInsider last week, and said that he’s at work on the script for a new Spawn film. He wants to revive his demonic creation on film, but this time he wants total creative control.
“I’m three quarters through it. I’ll finish it and put it on a shelf for about a week. What usually happens is, I come back to it so I can see all the flaws. I do a rewrite and there’s a first draft at that point. Then I’ll start soliciting comments from people I trust to see if I can get the script into working shape. If I can’t, I’m open to someone coming in and helping me with it.
[A few studios have phoned me to talk about the project] and when I walk into these pitch meetings, I go here’s the story. I give them the broad strokes. Then I go, here’s the non-negotiable part: I write, produce, direct. That’s it.
There’s only one way a studio is going to say yes, that’s if it’s a low-budget movie. To be honest, as a producer, even I wouldn’t hire myself to direct a big-budget film. There are smarter people out there. But if you’re making it for $10 million to $12 million, you’re just going to go get some schmuck director so let me be the schmuck.”
So, McFarlane wants a stripped-down, low-budget Spawn flick with plenty of spookiness and a very appropriate R-rating. It sounds like a good idea to me. The man has a reputation in the comics world for being cocky, often too cocky for his own good, but when it comes to Spawn nobody does it better. Move over and let the man drive.