Spawn creator Todd McFarlane has provided a new update on the reboot he's both writing and directing about his iconic Image Comics character, this one centering on script revisions and which studios he's shopping the film to.
"Yeah, I've got somebody that's doing some tweaks on this script right now," McFarlane told ComicBook.com. " And as soon as we're done with that, we're gonna go full steam ahead." McFarlane said that he planned to pitch the film to several studios and that a deal would only happen if he agreed with the company's plan for the project and how to launch it.
In his explanation, he highlighted three companies: Sony, Universal and Paramount, which happen to be companies that aren't working with any DC or Marvel properties.
"Even if they all showed interest at the same time, are questions are gonna be, 'Well, what kind of marketing campaign are you gonna do with it?' he said. "And then number two, 'What are your slots that you have?' [And so] Some of them may say, 'Hey I've got this campaign and we've got this slot. We think it would be better, but you have to wait another three, four, five months till we got the opening that we think is right.' And somebody else might say, 'Hey, we can go sooner than that, but maybe we're not gonna pour as much into advertising.' And we'll just have to weight those variables, and then go, 'Which one do we think makes the most sense for the project's success as a whole?'"
With earlier reports of production being pushed back to June, McFarlane is keeping his options open and flexible, as he admitted he is ready to move forward with the film even without major studio support.
"I've got financial people waiting in the wings, so if the studios decide that they're gonna hesitate, then we're just gonna go with outside money," he added.
Written and directed by Todd McFarlane, Spawn stars Jamie Foxx and Jeremy Renner. The planned reboot does not currently have an announced release date.