Spawn creator Todd McFarlane says his self-directed reboot film for the longrunning character, who just surpassed 300 issues, is not only shaping up on track, he's got a big announcement coming soon.
"I’ve gotten a lot of interesting offers, and luckily this movie called Joker came out," McFarlane told Newsarama's Lan Pitts, calling the Spawn movie his "next big goal in the world."
"When I was at New York Comic Con, Joker came out and Hollywood has a penchant for looking at what works, then doing it 10 times over," McFarlane continued. "This movie opened up, then made a billion dollars which is still 33% bigger than any other R-rated movie in the history of cinema. So, Hollywood is on the go for R-rated comic book stuff, right? The phone has been ringing and I’ve got lots of people thinking about Spawn now. There’s a different momentum happening right now and in the next month, I should have another big announcement about the movie."
According to McFarlane, the only thing potentially holding up production is getting one more deal in place for Spawn.
"I’m trying to add one more piece to the puzzle, then I think that will tumble the rest of them. So I just need this one piece. I was supposed to have a meeting yesterday but that didn’t happen so that got pushed to a few weeks, but if that goes well, there will be an announcement soon."
But McFarlane's optimism comes with a caveat - he wants to start the film this year, or it might not happen the way he's planning.
"Hopefully we can start production this year, because if we don’t, I probably won’t make it," McFarlane stated. "The window is open right now and if I can’t pull it off this year, it’s only going to get harder, right? I’m confident enough that it’s going to work, but give me a month, and I’ll get back to you."
It's unclear if McFarlane would step down from directing the film, or if the project would be canceled if production were delayed beyond 2020.
The film is currently in pre-production with Jamie Foxx attached in the title role.
Look for a full interview with McFarlane here on Newsarama later this week.