"Spawn" creator, toy manufacturer Todd MacFarlane, fielding studio offers to develop his supernatural comic book character into another feature, says a new movie will only happen if he receives total control to write, produce and direct:
"I want to keep it small, keep it tight, so they'll let me direct it", said McFarlane.
"Just so everybody knows, I write, produce, direct, non-negotiable. I wouldn’t ask to be a newbie director on a script that was going to have an eighty million budget for it.
"Why? Because as a CEO of my own corporation, I wouldn’t take that deal. I wouldn’t stick out $80 million and go, ‘they’re going to put a rookie and he’s going to basically be in charge of it.’ So I’ve created this tight little one that I keep saying, I think I can shoot it for ten..."
In other "Spawn" related news, Kevin Smith confirmed he would write, direct, and executive produce "Sam and Twitch", a supernatural detective TV series for BBC America, spinning off off characters from McFarlane's "Spawn" comic book series:
"They were originally introduced in 'Spawn' and it’s Todd McFarlane's comic book series about these big-city homicide detectives who face a series of super grizzly crimes that are connected to the occult," said BBC America President Sarah Barnett.
The characters were given their own comic book title "Sam and Twitch" (1999), following the two protagonists in a dark and gritty New York City
'Detective Sam Burke' is a an honest, headstrong man with a penchant for foul language and gruff behavior, often accused of police brutality.
'Maximilian Steven Percival "Twitch" Williams III', as the 'brains' of the duo, is a brilliant mathematician, using his knowledge of angles to become an excellent marksman, handling twin pistols with extreme accuracy and efficiency.
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