Amidst all the news surrounding tumultuous production processes that may or may not have affected box-office reception of films, some directors are taking caution with providing information surrounding the filming processes of certain films. Director of the upcoming Spawn film, Todd McFarlane will be keeping information about the film under wraps from fans in order to avoid negative press surrounding the film’s production that could affect the film’s release.
Based off the anti-hero Spawn created by McFarlane himself, the film is a reboot of the 1997 film of the same name. The original film starred Michael Jai White serving as the first African American to play a lead character in a comic book superhero film (Chadwick Boseman ain’t got s–t). The film was however, critically panned and didn’t see any sequels but an animated series around the same time was developed for that managed to earn positive reception and an Emmy. This reboot however, will star Oscar winner Jamie Foxx as the titular character and will be produced by Blumhouse Productions, the studio behind acclaimed horror films such as Split and Get Out.
Speaking to Comicbook, Todd revealed his thoughts on reported film production news that affect the film’s perception among audiences. He states:
“If because of an actor’s schedule, we got to move [the release date] or if for whatever reason, the shot takes a little longer, we got to move it. Then if you say too specifically what the day you give them, be a week or two weeks, then all of a sudden you’ll read an article somewhere, and people say, ‘It’s a troubled production! Troubled, troubled production!'”
Reporting this is pretty ironic I know but McFarlane is right but he did say that he will be sharing his experience making a film. News on troubled productions can and have affected films but it goes beyond just simple box-office receipts. High expectations and information on the film can often ruin it. The surprise and mystery of what’s about to happen makes the film all the more engaging especially for a film that is looking to be more horror oriented or at least darker based off Blumhouse’s track record and also the comics. The film is still in its pre-production phase and does not have a release date.