Todd McFarlane Says New 'Spawn' Animated Series Will Continue To Be Adults-Only Programming

Todd McFarlane's plans to bring "Spawn" back to the animated world are still materializing, as the comic book creator recently told us that the project is undergoing various animation and technology tests through different studios.

But even as certain aspects of the "Spawn" series are getting ironed out, there's one thing that McFarlane says the fans can count on: just like the last animated series that aired on HBO, this latest "Spawn" adaptation will absolutely retain its edgy status as a mature audience series.

"Absolutely," McFarlane told MTV News when asked whether or not the new series would preserve the old show's dark tone. "We're gong to a cable network, and that's their bread and butter."

"They want stuff that isn't what you can find on ABC, NBC and CBS," he added. "They've covered that field. We have now an area where we can actually do shows that get a little grittier, a little darker, a little more risque."

Between "The Walking Dead" and "Breaking Bad" on AMC to shows like "The Shield" and "Sons of Anarchy" on FX, cable networks have absolutely tested the limits of what's appropriate for TV audiences. But that's not the only reason McFarlane says that the "Spawn" show will continue to be for adult viewers.

"To some extent, if it ain't broke, don't fix it," he said. "The three years [that 'Spawn'] was on HBO, it won an Emmy -- two of 'em -- for various reasons. They're going, 'Just give us what you're doing. You know what you're doing, just bring it over here and don't put it on their channel, put it on my channel.' So I don't think it's going to be an issue once we get down to it."

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