Todd MacFarlane announced today during an SDCC presentation that he is currently working on a motion picture revolving around his Spawn character. Blumhouse, one of the more prominent studios when it comes to creepy movies these days, will produce the film and MacFarlane himself will direct it, to avoid a repeat of the disastrous 1997 adaption.
Obviously it isn’t the 1990’s anymore (except in Zack Snyder’s head) and Spawn’s massive popularity, driven by a young cynical Gen-X market craving grimdark material, has waned a bit. However, there may never be a better time to attempt a Spawn movie than now. The oversaturation of superhero movies are driving some studios to experiment with different takes and tones, and the horror genre hasn’t been sufficiently served yet.
“I’d put it more into horror/suspense/supernatural genre,” McFarlane said to ComicBook.com. “If you take the movie The Departed meets Paranormal Activity, something like that.” He also mentions he’s finished the script, and that he’s aiming for a “hard R.”
Spawn won’t be alone either. Sony is moving forward with a Venom movie they claim will be more like a horror film than the action-adventure stories superhero movies typically tell. The all-important question is if the moviegoing audience will respond to super-horror, and if they’ll pay for it.
MacFarlane’s Spawn movie currently has no release date.