Todd McFarlane Declares ‘Spawn’ Film As Dark And Gritty. Here’s What’s Happening


Spawn is a pretty violent and dark, comic that follows a former soldier who works for Hell after he dies, and the version that Todd McFarlane wants to make will be an R-rated one which will downplay Spawn’s costumed adventuring and will play up a few of the supernatural and horror elements.

“There’s no joy,” McFarlane had said.


“There’s gonna be no fun lines in it, and it’s just gonna be this dark, ugly two hours worth of movie, which is essentially what a lot of supernatural/horror movies are anyway. There’s not a lot of funny in them. And that seems to be a weird hurdle for a lot of people in this city to get over because they sort of go into a superhero/Avengers default all the time.”

This is the very first time that McFarlane has even suggested that this film will be a pretty disturbing ride and he has really made no bones about the very fact that Spawn may be something completely different than the MCU and DCEU films.

Jamie Foxx is all ready to play the role of Al Simmons, the man who turns into Spawn. Jeremy Renner will play the role of Detective Twitch Williams, who with Sam Burke are the Rosencrantz and Guildenstern of the Spawn Universe.

The Walking Dead star, Greg Nicotero and KNB EFX Group will be developing all the effects for this movie. Todd McFarlane will be partnering with Blumhouse for producing the movie. The film does not have a distributor as of now, but Universal has the first-look rights as per the deal with Blumhouse. The movie will start its filming by June 2019.

“Well, you know, I’m gonna do some simple stuff that isn’t with the norm,” McFarlane had said.

“Even just going R-rated takes it out of the PG-13 category. Now, with it being R, we’ve now seen a couple of examples of that. Deadpool and Logan seem to be. Venom, I think Venom is gonna be R-rated. So, I’m hoping that our category succeeds. So that it will broaden the thought process of the studio executives to go, ‘Oh, it doesn’t have to be something onscreen that sells a bunch of toys and T-shirts.’ It can just be a something that’s a little more gritty.

“For me, I know that I’m at the far end of R. Like, true drama, dark, serious R. I’m treating it as a real movie, minus the one thing that’s in there that will be fantastic with this R. So, minus that, everything is gritty. There are no arch villains. There’s no headquarters. There are no big ray guns. There are none of some of the trappings that we’re used to in some of the other big movies.”