It doesn’t sound like things are going well with Todd McFarlane’s Spawn movie. He’s getting annoyed and frustrated with the situation he’s in. He’s previously said that he’s got money “sitting on the sidelines ready to go.” He just needs all of those investors to sign off on the script, which has been a problem because everyone has their own ideas of what this movie should be. But McFarlane only wants one vision to work… his.
During his Panel at Comic-Con this weekend, McFarlane offered the following update:
“Lemme see if I can just go real quick… Spawn movie, right? When are you going to make a Spawn movie, when are you going into production? My answer is ‘Yesterday, yesterday, yesterday.’ I need $20 million to make this movie, I don’t have all of it. I have to ask people for money, and once you ask people for money, they get to have a say in it. Like I said, it’s a little bit of an uphill battle, because again, I just want to do this little dark ‘R’ movie, and they like those PG-13 success movies.”
Who the hell wants a PG-13 Spawn movie?! I think films like Logan and Deadpool have proved that R-rated comic book movies can be successful. McFarlane then went on a rant and said that if things don’t work out with the investors, he’ll go start a Kickstarter to get the $20 million he needs.
“Look I am relentless, I’m like a dog with a bone. I will get there, I promise you. I will get there. Because I will beat the system. Here’s what I’ll do: I’ll do it as a Kickstarter… and here’s the Kickstarter: I need 20 million people to give me a dollar. And I will make this movie, and when I get the money back I’ll return the dollar back to you. And you will be my producers… and all I’ll need is the distribution. That’s doable today. I don’t get why Ryan Gosling doesn’t do that for every one of his movies, ‘I need 20 million of you to give me a dollar,’ are you kidding, he’d have it in an hour and could go do his thing! But people in the system are beholden to it and they have obligations, and the guy on the outside, me, goes ‘I’m only going to give them so much time, and then I’m just going to come up with some crazy idea.”
McFarlane obviously isn’t a fan of the Hollywood system and the game people play in Hollywood, which is understandable! With a cast like Jeremy Renner on Board for the role of Twitch and Jaimie Foxx taking on Spawn, you’d think people would jump all over this! But, he’s still having issues.
McFarlane went on to say that financing the movie with people not connected with the Hollywood system may be the best way to go.
“There’s people on the outside that want to give me money that aren’t in the system. But we’re going to get it done. I’m just trying to play nice, now, but I’m starting to lose my patience. But we’ll try; it’s going to get there one way or another, I promise you. I’m not going to let this one go.”
McFarlane should just self finance the film. It’s not like he doesn’t have the money. If he did he’d reap all the benefits. He’d be able to make the movie he wants to make, and make a ton of money in the process. A Spawn movie is sure to make a solid amount of money at the box office.