Written by John Squires
Over the weekend, Deadpool broke box office records by becoming the very first R-rated movie to exceed $100 million in its opening weekend. We’re pretty damn excited about that, because the film’s success proves to Hollywood that R-rated movies can be huge money-makers.
Deadpool will likely pave the way for other R-rated comic book movies in the near future, and the timing is perfect, because Todd McFarlane just finished the script for a brand new Spawn movie – based on the comic series that he created back in the early ’90s. He gave the exclusive scoop to ComicBook.com.
McFarlane says it won’t exactly be a superhero movie…
“I’d put it more into horror/suspense/supernatural genre,” he told the site. “If you take the movie The Departed meets Paranormal Activity, something like that.”
He further elaborated on his new idea for the character…
“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.”
McFarlane says the movie will be rated R, and he likens Spawn to the lurking evil in Japanese ghost movies.
“He’s this thing that just whooshes in, this ghost that moves and will fuck you up if you’re in the wrong place in the wrong time, and the rest of the movie will look real, and be this real drama. He’s just this ghost, this thing behind it.”
“Basically, I can make this version of the movie on a budget without crazy special effects,” said McFarlane. “I want to keep it small, keep it tight, so they’ll let me direct it!”
Yes please. More anti-heroes, please.