The new Spawn movie set to come out in 2019 has been in progress for a long time now, but things finally started moving forward this past year. With Blumhouse signed to produce, the project is slowly moving closer to completion. Writer and director Todd McFarlane has announced that in addition to the film being R-rated, the titular character would not speak.
McFarlane told AZCentral the film wouldn’t be your standard superhero movie and would be closer to a thriller in nature:
“It will be dark and heavy, serious, R-rated. It won’t be a superhero movie. I don’t think most people would categorize it as that. It will be a supernatural thriller, like a lot of good creep movies. The only thing in the movie that’s fantastic is Spawn, and anything else is otherwise normal.”
He also shared that casting meetings had begun, hinting “I think we can hook a fairly significant actor that we want”.
McFarlane explained that Spawn himself would have no lines in the film, functioning as more of a silent predator. McFarlane also had some strong words about fellow adult comic book movies Deadpool and Logan, arguably pioneers of the R-rated superhero film trend, stating that his film would be truly worthy of the rating:
“It’s R-rated. Not like Deadpool, where there was just a couple F-bombs and a naked butt. Not like Logan either. We’re talking trauma, true trauma, as serious as possible. I like to explain that it’s my Jaws. Spawn doesn’t say a word the entire movie, and it’s the same way with Jaws. It’s about the sheriff and the people, chasing the ghost. That’s it. The lead role isn’t Spawn, the lead role is a cop, like Sheriff Brody from Jaws.”
While it’s unconventional, the silent treatment could work well for this brooding antihero. Switching the main character focus might be risky though, as people going to see a Spawn movie will likely be expecting to see the Hellspawn himself than some ordinary human cop. Still, with the release so far away, and with no knowledge of the cast yet, it’s impossible to tell how this will be received.