Earlier: Following the success of “Deadpool,” the floodgates have opened for R-rated superhero movies. “Venom” is in production, and soon another movie based on a Todd McFarlane character might be too: “Spawn.” Among the inspirations McFarlane cites for this reboot in a new Entertainment Weekly interview is Jordan Peele’s “Get Out,” another feature debut produced by Blumhouse.
“If I showed ‘Get Out’ to my grandma and said ‘get this, that’s a first-time director and a comedian,’ she wouldn’t see it,” McFarlane says when asked about directing his first movie.” She would just go wow, that’s a nice movie. If you put the team together, they’ll make me look like a pro every single day. Part two, I’ve directed this movie in my head 1,000 times. Why do I think I can direct it? Because I have, in my head.”
As for what separates this new take from the last one, which was released 20 years ago, there’s a lot: “The first one was a superhero, effects-driven, action PG-13 movie. This one is now gonna be dark, drama, R, supernatural thriller in which there’s only one element that will be out of the ordinary, and that’s the thing you and I know is Spawn,” he explains.
“And so, although at times people get confused when I say that, every creepy movie you’ve ever watched is like that. There aren’t eight sharks in ‘Jaws,’ there aren’t nine Things in ‘The Thing.'” Read the full interview here.