There is a lot to rejoice about for those who have been eagerly awaiting the Spawn reboot. The film will start shooting early in 2018, and maker Todd McFarlane has already come up with some casting thoughts, and the film’s setting is also going to remain honest to the source comics.
During last month’s New York Comic Con, McFarlane discussed with Brandon Davis from ComicBook.com about the making of the upcoming reboot and McFarlane stated that the film would be based in New York, even if the filming doesn’t take place there.
“You know what, you know this is sort of the sort of uninteresting part of making movies maybe, to people, I don’t know, but there are different places that give incentives for you to come and shoot the movies there,” McFarlane said. “So, we’re going to be looking at all those given that, you know we’re not going to have a big budget so we’re going to want to stretch it as far as we can, right. And so, but, at the same time given that this world takes place in New York, we’re going to have to be in a place that can be somewhat convincing at times, especially for some exterior shots, though my guess I’ll probably have to do a couple pick up shots actually here in New York City, but you know so you’re looking at places like Detroit, and Cleveland and, I’m Canadian, Toronto.”
McFarlane further explained that by cutting down the expenses on location, he would be able to get an authentic New York feel, but, still, save money that might be better utilized on other aspects of the movie.
“I think those are spots you can shoot and there are areas that you can do convincing New York stock especially given you know I’m not down in the stories built around Wall Street,” he said. “I don’t need those buildings. It’s in sort of the grungier parts of town so I can find that at in other places. So, we’re going to evaluate all that so cause, again, if you save $100,000 here, $200,000 here, half a million dollars here, it may allow you to do another trick or go get another actor or something. you’re basically just moving the financial pieces around to get the most bang for your buck, and we’re going to do all that.”
If he is able to manage money that way, then it might help McFarlane with his preferred casting choices. He has written and will direct the film and had said earlier that he would want Leonardo DiCaprio to portray the “manic” Twitch Williams.