"Daily Facebook updates" coming from McFarlane.
By Robert Marrujo:: The Spawn movie reboot is barreling ahead with a February 2018 start date for filming. Todd McFarlane revealed this to attendees at New York Comic Con, stating that the movie, which he will be directing, will also get daily Facebook updates to show the ins and outs of production. McFarlane, as noted by Deadline, attests that the movie is going for a hard "R" rating.
McFarlane seems adamant about making sure that his vision for Spawn isn't sullied by the outside influence of a movie studio. McFarlane is partnered with Jason Blume's Bloomhouse for production of the movie, which means Universal has first refusal of the project, the comic and toy mogul is making it clear that Spawn won't be playing by Hollywood's typical rules.
"The only things we need from them," McFarlane said in regards to Universal or any other studio, "are distribution and marketing. We don’t need your input, we don’t need your cash, we don’t need your creativity – and they don’t like those deals. They always want the budget to go up because then they have to put money in it and then they own it.”
The movie, according to McFarlane, will have a $10 million budget and is being funded entirely out of the creator's own pocket. In what might be one of the funniest, most blatantly honest quotes from the interview, McFarlane said this about making his directorial debut:
“I’m spending my own money so who cares if it doesn’t work out. It’s a $10 million budget movie, and (a studio) would just get a 22-year-old punk director. I just want to be the old punk directing it.”