Spawn creator Todd McFarlane revealed several details of his upcoming reboot film on Halloween while promising surprises sure to whet the appetites of longtime fans.
In a video posted to his Facebook account, which McFarlane described as a Halloween treat for fans, the artist confirmed that the new Spawn film would be R-rated. As Comicbook.com notes, the news is sure to sit well with Spawn purists as it seems to indicate that the film will embrace the darker side of the comic series.
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During the course of the video, McFarlane also revealed that Spawn fans can expect new material in the movie that hasn’t been featured before in the comics. It is unclear, however, whether that will take the form of new characters, plot lines, or concepts. He also noted that the new Spawn film will make fans “jump,” describing the movie as having “lots of scares.”
As Moviepilot points out, the highlight of McFarlane’s video came as he discussed the actors cast in the new Spawn film. Calling the movie’s villain an “antagonist/protagonist,” McFarlane noted that an Academy Award winning actor was set to take a role.
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Before revealing any names, however, McFarlane’s head exploded, his mind literally blown before the screen turned red, with a message for Spawn fans.
“You didn’t think I was going to make it that easy? Did you?”
At the conclusion of the video, McFarlane then wished fans a Happy Halloween.
McFarlane has previously stated that he would be writing, directing, and producing the next Spawn film. As the Inquisitr noted, the Image Comics co-founder revealed last year that he believed Spawn would be a quick shoot, taking just 60 to 70 days to film.
“It’s not going to be a giant budget with a lot of special effects, it’s going to be more of a horror movie and a thriller movie, not a superhero one,” McFarlane pointed out.
Spawn has previously been adapted as a film, released in 1997 and starring Michael Jai White. Produced by New Line Cinema and Todd McFarlane Entertainment, Spawn received largely negative reviews, though it was a modest box office success.
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