In a recent interview with ComicBook.com, Spawn creator Todd McFarlane has revealed that he recently completed the script for a new reboot, which he hopes to direct himself.
“I’ve finished the script, and I’m in the process of editing. It’s 183 pages, and [producers] usually like 120. I still think it’s going to end up being about 140, because I’m putting in details for myself. (It’s) a director’s script.” (I want to get it to) a spot where I can walk this into Hollywood and start hooking the actors.”
McFarlane, who hopes to get production started later this year, also mentioned that he is trying to keep the budget low and that it will most probably be more of a horror movie than a superhero one.
“I’d put it more into horror/suspense/supernatural genre. If you take the movie The Departed meets Paranormal Activity, something like that. In the background, there’s this thing moving around, this boogeyman. That boogeyman just happens to be something that you and I, intellectually, know is Spawn. Will he look like he did in the first movie? No. Will he have a supervillain he fights? No. He’s going to be the spectre, the ghost.”
Will Michael Jai White return? We’re not sure, but the actor has expressed his interest in returning to the character over the years.
“It’s a no-brainer. Look at how these movies have done, superhero movies that have gone dark, and there hasn’t been one darker than Spawn. If we do it like we want to, it could be a game changer. I think Todd feels the same way as me – that we go R. Not a kinder, gentler Spawn, we go straight R – like pushing it, pushing NC-17. Give the fans what they expect. That edge brought [the comic book] to where it is. I would really like to show what that character can be,” said White.