Todd McFarlane Begins Writing 'Spawn' Screenplay

SpawnEarlier this year, Todd McFarlane spoke with MTV News and described his ambitions to reinvent the "Spawn" franchise for the big screen. But what was once just talk and speculation has now found its way into the realm of reality.

McFarlane recently declared via Twitter that he is finally writing the "Spawn" screenplay.

"I've officially begun writing the ['Spawn' movie] screenplay," wrote the writer-artist. "The story has been in my head for [seven or eight] years."

The "Spawn" creator previously suggested that he could direct a lower-budget version of the film, but a big-budget interpretation would leave the directing duties to a more tested filmmaker. McFarlane explained the dilemma thusly: "I'm trying to decide whether I want to go big production, bigger money, bigger marketing—or just do something that's a little bit smaller, more rock 'n' roll, and the way I've had it in my brain for the last five years."

Based on his recently Tweeted description of the premise, it appears that McFarlane has chosen the "smaller, more rock 'n' roll" approach. "The movie idea is neither a recap or continuation," he described. "It is a stand alone story that will be R-rated. Creepy and scary ... the tone of this ['Spawn'] movie will be for a more older audience. Like the film ['The Departed']."

McFarlane's Twitter comments aren't the only time he's likened his "Spawn" movie to "The Departed." He drew the same comparison during an MTV News interview in June, suggesting that Leonardo DiCaprio—who starred in the Martin Scorsese-directed crime drama—would be perfect for a role in "Spawn."

"I've always had [Leonardo] DiCaprio in the back of my mind," McFarlane said. "It's a big wish, but his dad was a big fan of underground comic books and he came from that."

Do you want a bigger budget "Spawn" movie or the smaller take that McFarlane is proposing? Do you think Leonardo DiCaprio would be well-suited for the comic book film? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section!