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McFarlane gearing up for another Spawn movie — but will he direct?

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MTV’s Splash Page spoke with Todd McFarlane about the possibilities of bringing Spawn back to the big screen. The co-founder of Image Comics and creator of the long-running series said he has five offers on the table, and he is trying to decide between a low-budget film he would direct and a big-budget film he’d produce.

“If I go with the lower-budget movie, they’ll let me direct it. And if I go bigger, than I sit in the producer’s chair; if the budget’s too big, they’re not going to give me the chance at [directing] it. So I’m trying to decide whether I want to go big production, bigger money, bigger marketing — or just do something that’s a little bit smaller, more rock ‘n’ roll, and the way I’ve had it in my brain for the last five years.”

He also said he’d want the film to be less of “big comic-book movie” and more of a crime flick, a la The Departed or L.A. Confidential. Spawn would forgo his traditional outfit in favor of an all-black ensemble. McFarlane also would take a “less is more” approach with the character. “To me, it’s more along the lines of ‘Jaws,’ where you didn’t see [the shark] for half the movie, and then you caught glimpses of him.”

The first Spawn movie came out back in 1997 and starred Michael Jai White, John Leguizamo and Martin Sheen. I don’t think I’ve ever actually seen it all the way through, only bits and pieces of it on cable. But the idea of doing it more as a crime movie with Spawn as some sort of shadow-y figure sounds more appealing than watching Leguizamo walk around in the clown outfit. What do you guys think?

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Frank Miller must be looking for something to do as a follow-up to THE SPIRIT, and he has a history with the character. They should totally get him to direct! Sam Jackson can play Spawn!! And maybe after that we can get SPAWN VS. SPIRIT!!!

I’m down for a new Spawn movie, but flip a coin and choose already. He’s been talking about this for over ten years now.

I personally say go low budget route. I don’t see the big budget version being that big to make a good looking movie. I’ll probably only be a step above the awful Mortal Kombat effects from the last one.

A close friend of Todd’s (someone who worked for him for years) told me not to expect anytihng good from the next Spawn movie. This person is still close friends with Todd. I think the worst thing that can happen is if Todd directs. Everything he touches turns to crap in the face of his misplaced ego. Look at his toys.

I heard details about the script – how the movie is soooooooo incredibly slow and the first appearance by Spawn in over an hour into the movie and then its only an eye. The source who told me this is quite reliable. He was very involved in the making of the first movie and says its gonna be worse than that one!!!!

A good Spawn movie is way past over due. The first one that was released back in 97 I believe was a joke and agreed with what some one else wrote, close to the cheesey special effects of the second Mortal Kombat movie. I would prefer to have more close to the HBO mini series that was produced. If they can produce a live action movie put to idea of the animated HBO movie that would be a succesful film. Perhaps model after a Watchman type style that is dark and grimmy at times that is what Spawn is all about. Atleast that’s how I see it.

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