TODD McFARLANE On the Long Awaited SPAWN Movie Script and Renumbering Comics

Todd McFarlane tells us how his next SPAWN movie script is coming along and that an Academy Award winning actor "wants in."

A couple of days ago, I posted a portion from part one of an interview conducted by NEWSaRAMA with writer/artist/Image Comics founder, Todd McFarlane. Part two of that very same interview seems to have just as many interesting little nuggets for us.

It seems many of you who read what McFarlane had to say in the first half of the interview were interested in hearing some sort of update on the state of the long rumored, new SPAWN movie script. When asked about that specific topic, he dropped some interesting tidbits on the state of the project as well as his thoughts on re-starting comics at issue #1.


All the ancillary stuff will come pouring out fairly quickly once I get the big component done, once I announce a movie.

Do I keep nibbling away at it? Yeah. Do I keep getting distracted? Yeah. You know, we just had another conversation where I talked about clearing my schedule for a month and just going away and getting out of the office to finish it up. Because I just keep nibbling it, but I don't get tunnel vision on it like I should have.

People are still interested in it. An Academy Award winning actor came out to the offices and said, Todd, I want to be in it, so get that thing done. He calls me once a week going, let's go! Let's go! So we'll get that thing off the ground.

But I just got #216 out, so there's Spawn available. I still have comic books and other things that I do. Another book done. We did 15 issues. Spawn did 15 issues last year, with the exact same writing and art team, and in all honesty, I can't recall the last time that was done not just by us, but by anybody. You know, 15 issues by the same creative team.

But nobody responded to it. Instead, what seems to be the trend is starting things back at #1, which I think is sort of a more short-term business move. We keep coming up with these short pops in the sales to do this stuff, but we're not helping the customer in the long term. I don't know. Maybe I'm becoming a bit of a dinosaur. I like the number 216. And the way to get sales up isn't to put in a new writer and a new artist. It's just to basically renumber. And the sales will go up, just by that one move. Don't change anything else but that one renumbering move. And mentally, the people ordering it and some people buying it go, oh, a jumping on point. I can get in there. So maybe I'll do a #1, then the second issue could be #217.

You know, Cerebus ended at #300, so I have to get to at least #301, just to break the record.

Hawksblueyes: As always, to read this interview in it's entirety, click on the link below.

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