On the heels of 20th Century Fox’s success with Deadpool and Logan – both sporting an R-Rating, Todd MacFarlane told audiences at Emerald City Comic Con that his upcoming Spawn reboot is going to be dark and nasty.
“Listen, I’m going to paint it for you. The movie is going to be a dark R…If here’s PG-13 and here’s Deadpool and here’s Logan, we’re going to be here. It’s going to be dark. It’s going to be nasty,” Macfarlane said.
The first Spawn movie debuted back in 1997 starring Michael Jai White, John Leguizamo, and Martin Sheen. Mark A.Z. Dippé co-wrote and directed the film. It grossed a mere $87 million worldwide. However, it only had a $40 million budget. Critics generally panned the original film. It has a 18% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Spawn originally appeared in 1992 in Spawn #1 from Image Comics. It follows Albert Francis “Al” Simmons a former Lt. Colonel in the United States Marine Corps who makes a deal with a demon following his death. He offers to trade his soul in order to see his wife once more. However, the deal doesn’t go as Simmons planned and he’s transformed into Spawn and returned to the living world five years in the future.